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Lost and Found
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We were lost. There was no doubt about it. My daughter-in-law and I were already running late for a party to which we’d been invited – we didn’t really want to go, so we dragged our feet getting ready. What made it even worse was the fact the hostess had given us detailed directions. Holly and I had glanced at the directions, but we didn’t take them to heart because Holly was pretty sure she knew how to get there.

We drove and talked and giggled about things only girls understand until Holly noticed she didn’t recognize our surroundings. She made a series of cell-phone calls to get help, but no one answered. So we turned around and retraced our route, hoping we’d find state Route 21. Finally Holly’s phone rang and a friend gave us verbal directions. You’d think that would have settled it, but we hadn’t learned our lesson. Armed with new information, we found Route 21. The directions said to take the second right, but the first right sure seemed like the correct one, so we took it, which resulted in another U-turn. It was difficult to suppress our frustration, although the intermittent giggling helped.

This wasn’t the first time I’d ignored specific instructions. It happened a lot in school. It happened a lot with my parents – and still does occasionally. I’m obviously directionally challenged. Or am I just hard headed and stubborn?

Ultimate Map

On my bedside table is the ultimate map or set of directions. It was written by dozens of different people, but they’re all guiding us to one destination. They had help, though, as all of their writings were inspired, so the directions are clear, easy to understand and can be trusted.

So, how come I sometimes treat the Bible the same way I treated those handwritten directions from my hostess? I went to church school, a Bible-based high school and college, so I know the directions by heart, or at least I think I do. Maybe I need to refresh my memory. I need to open God’s word and read those directions again. Getting lost is not an option – or it is definitely an option if I don’t set these words in my heart. I want to be like David when he wrote in Psalm 119:59, "I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your laws."

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