Lost at Gettysburg
I was talking on the phone to a loved one who was visiting Gettysburg and as darkness was ensuing he became lost on one side of the battleground and was struggling to find his way out. I remember hearing his struggle in the thorns and tripping over the uncertain terrain. Each time he stumbled or struggled I gasped in care and concern for his safety. It was a frantic time and of course as cell phones all do the battery began to fail. Now I was concerned me as to how he would even call for help. He finally got out of the woods and had to walk quite a way from where he parked or started his journey. Today I was reading God’s Word and it occurred to me that his experience of being lost in the woods paralleled my life. Praise the LORD for the light of Christ in us to show us the way. Praise the LORD for all that he is, was, and will be. Lord willing tomorrow will be a day of light and clearer paths of forgiveness and grace. He promises to be a lamp unto our feet (where we are right now) and a light unto out path (where we are headed in the future)
Jeremiah 13:16 -17 reminds me of the darkness I once lived in
16 Give glory to Jehovah your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness. 17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because Jehovah’s flock is taken captive.
That’s the key phrase “once I stumbled” so terribly in the thorns and uneven ground. I tripped and fell in the darkness and couldn’t see. My pride kept me from being free. I was taken captive and forced to stumble when I could have been soaring with the eagles by my own foolishness. Every circumstance grabbed my heart and attention.
Dear one the heart of GOD does not want us stumbling in life. We are going to be tried and tested but not on shaky ground. We are on a firm foundation whose builder and maker is GOD. We can be stubborn lambs and try to lead our own way but the price is peace when you live that way. Seek Him with your heart and come out of the darkness to His light where your foot will be sure and your heart will be safe. Trust the one who died for you. Christ.
Proverbs 3:26 For Jehovah will be thy confidence, And will keep thy foot from being taken.