LOST= “unable to find one’s way; not knowing one’s whereabouts.”
Ever felt like you were, “unable to find your way.” I have, more times than I care to remember. Today at Walmart with my boys, I had another “lost” moment.
I have a weird sense of remembering things with numbers and peoples’ faces, but ask to me remember where I parked, forget it. So today I had a cart full so full that my 2 year old had to walk with my 6 year old, which I should have known was NOT a good plan. He did what most 2 year old boys do play hard to get in a parking lot. A kind lady helped me round him up like you round up cattle. This was done while my 6 year old stood guarding the cart. Thankfully, I got smart and found an empty cart, placed my 2 year old in it and put my 6 year old to work pushing his little brother across the parking lot.
So can you guess what happened next? You guessed it, I forgot where I parked. For ½ hour my two children followed me around the parking lot at Walmart like a ducklings following their mother across a pound! We prayed, complained, ran into people we knew from church, and finally called daddy, 5 minutes before we found the car.
Talk about anxiety! My heart was pounding I was in panic mode, not to mention I was hot and sweaty. In addition, my 6 year old was complaining about pushing his brother.
Later, when we were in the car, and air conditioning and sanity came around, I got to thinking about how in life, we are all lost at some point in time. We are all trying to find that thing, that illusive thing that promises to make us happy, less anxious, and more content. How many hours of our lives do we waste (have I wasted) trying to find something that I can’t even identify, much less put into words. Worse yet, many of us have found that thing that we thought would bring us extreme happiness, only to be disappointed that it was not all that we hoped for and/or did not last.
This is an age old problem, remember the women at the well 2,000+ years ago who hoped a man would be her “golden ticket”. Jesus taught her a lesson that she would never forget, it’s not in people, stuff, fame, money, ext., that you find happiness it’s in Me and only Me. Jesus offered her living everlasting water. Translation, living everlasting peace/ happiness does not come from anything this world can offer. It comes from what God does offer.
So if you are lost, like me, or searching for that something that will fill that part of your insides that feels like an everlasting funnel, stuff comes in but quickly goes out, try looking for something out of this world, try looking to Jesus and see if He can fill you with that everlasting water.