Friday, July 28, 2017

Getting Lost

If you look up 'geographically challenged' in the webster's dictionary, I am certain you would find my picture. I am the person who gets lost going around the corner. I have two deficiencies:

  • I don't pay attention when I'm a passenger in a car. That means that when it's my turn to get behind the driving wheel, there's a problem. 
  • I don't always trust my directions. Even though I have printed directions or use the gps on my phone, I sometimes use my own intuition to veer off and get myself turned around. 
Story of My Life
I shouldn't have been surprised when I went to go pick up my daughter on FAMU's campus and ended up at a dead end. Yes, this was the same location that the camp was in last summer. Sure, the building was the same building where orientation was held 3 weeks ago. And, yes, you guessed correctly....I'd dropped her off and picked her up several days during the week. AND YET. I. WAS. LOST.

You know how I got lost this time? 
  • I was feeling myself and allowed arrogance to overtake me. Sometimes, we get so full of ourselves that we put blinders on. We stop connecting with others who can keep us grounded and on the right track. We start to pull away from others thinking that we can handle everything on our own. When the truth is, we all need to operate with a level of humility that allows us to transition from place to place. Proverbs 11:2 tells us, "When pride comes, then comes disgrace but with humility comes wisdom." No more prideful tactics for me. There's too much at stake.   
  • I used my own intuition and didn't seek any guidance or directions. There are directions for every step we take. Driving directions can easily be found on the internet. The bible will direct you on everything else, from how to treat people to how to trust God to how to raise your children. There is never a need for us to travel this world in a lost state.  Psalm 17:6 reminds us, "My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped." When we follow the path God leads us down, we can not get lost.
  • I tried a new route when it wasn't my time to do so. I love encouraging people to step outside their comfort zone and to try new things. Create more memories. Increase your opportunities. The key to being adventurous is understanding timing, We don't all walk in the same timing. It may take me longer to get to my destination than it takes you but I can not change my timing, Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us that "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens." Before trying something new, be sure you're in God's timing.
  • I tried to create a short cut. I know you've heard the saying: 'nothing worth having comes easy.' Well, it may be cliche but it's so true. Sometimes, we want to get to our end goal so badly that we try to find ways to shorten the process. We cut across the edges. We write an eight chapter book instead of a 13 chapter book. We marry the first person who shows an interest in us instead of the person God sends us. In order words, we find ways to abbreviate the process. But, the process is THE process.

By getting myself lost and ending up at a dead end, I lost time, had to go in reverse, and ended up right back in the same place I was when I veered off.


Getting Lost Can Cause You to Go In Reverse

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