“When through the woods, and forest glades I wander, And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees. When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.” -“How Great Thou Art” by Carl Boberg
Have you ever been driving and gotten to a destination, only to realize you have no idea how you got there. Your brain goes into autopilot and muscle memory takes over. You just… arrive.
Sometimes, life can feel that way. You look up in the middle of the fog of life and feel like you just… arrived. You have no idea how you got to this place.
But, sweet friend, you are not lost in the wandering. Our God does not lose track of anything; not birds in the field (Psalm 50:11), not hairs on your head (Luke 12:6-7), and certainly not you. Jesus once told a story about a shepherd who had 100 sheep. He said, “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish. (Matt 18:12-14)”
THAT is our God. He will set out in the middle of night, pushing back on any obstacle, sprinting purposefully towards you. He knows where you are, and where you have been, and where you are going.
Our God is a strong leader, who turns wandering into straight paths.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19
Action Step: Let’s not get lost in the day-to-day, this week choose an activity that you can usually “check out” in and, instead, choose to lean in to God’s Truth. Whether it’s reading scripture instead of scrolling on your phone, or singing praise songs on your morning commute, let’s turn the mundane into meaningful.