Getting Lost

There is nothing more humbling than being lost. Not knowing where you are or how to get where you are going is debilitating. This particular situation happens far and few between these days thanks to GPS, but every now and then, we find ourselves turned around, searching for a way.

I experienced this sort of humility in a corn maze last week. My family and I entered with excitement as we set to conquer the green labyrinth. Much to my dismay, I found myself going in circles. I had no map to show me the way out. The sky offered little help, and every cornstalk lined path mirrored the next. Every so often, I heard another member of the family laugh, which provided some relief despite physically laying eyes on them. I was lost, disoriented, and confused.

The past few months, I feel like my spiritual walk has felt like a bit of a maze. There are moments when I am filled with anticipation about the road ahead. I am willing to go wherever the path takes me, but no sooner do I turn into a dead end and lose that fervor. I've been distracted by side-roads that take me into dark spaces and fill my mind with doubt about God and His promises. And much like the corn maze, I'm left disoriented and confused.

This spiritual maze seems unforgiving, and sometimes it can trap us for a very long time. The father of lies spews wrong directions and derailing ideas at every turn. The enemy loves when we are lost. Satan delights in our disorientation. But one thing I know, because the bible tells me so, and what the devil doesn't want us to remember is our faith journey isn't a maze. It's a race!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:1-2

When we don't give up, there is something better that awaits us. We might not always see the way, but we can trust those who've been through to the other side.

We won't be stuck in some proverbial maze forever because there is a finish line. There is a day when we will get to see our Savior face to face and hear him say, "well done, good and faithful servant."

Until then, let's keep putting one foot in front of the other and emerge together, ready to encourage the ones still stuck in the maze.

  1. Take a rest, and reset your focus upward.
  2. Listen to the familiar voices—the ones you trust to bring you back on track.  
  3. Keep your eyes open for paths that are dead ends.


JL McCarthy

October 13, 2020