Lost and Found

image_lctkxySo this weekend I got to go visit Kaylee at ECU and it was great!!  I’m sooo glad I got to see her!  The trip was short, but it was a blast!  The only part that I could have done without was the drive home in the morning.  I decided to leave early and drive back so I could go to my church at home.  I was doing so well – I got up at 5 and showered and got ready and ended up hitting the road about 6:15.  All was great…until I realized my directions were really messed up and I had no idea how to get back!

Kaylee had gone back to sleep so I couldn’t call her and I didn’t know what to do.  I was panicking but I was getting impatient and wanted to figure out where I was going.  I stopped at two different gas stations to ask for directions, but neither one of the people knew exactly where to tell me to go.  I ended up on some road in the middle of nowhere, with no street signs and no places to stop.  Every once in a while I passed an 18-wheeler, but other than that, there was pretty much nothing out there.  About this time, after having been driving for about 30 minutes, I really started to panic and I just wanted to be home.  I tried to stay calm but I couldn’t help but cry; I felt so lost.  I finally just called my dad…what I should have done from the very beginning.  After talking to him on the phone for about 20 minutes, he figured out where I was and looked at the map and helped me get where I needed to be.  I should have asked my dad for directions before I ever left, but I decided to just look it up online and wing it instead.  Bad idea!

After that whole episode, I finally got on the right highway and still had about 100 miles to drive before getting home.  This gave me a lot of time to think. I realized that this is exactly the same mistake that I make in life all the time.  God has given me a whole book of directions but I still sometimes just ignore it and assume I can figure things out on my own. It isn’t until everything else fails and I feel completely lost that I finally turn back to God’s Word and seek guidance from Him.  Of course He is always there ready to help me, just like my dad was this morning, but I could save myself so much trouble if I would just look to Him first.  Everyone makes mistakes, but we could all avoid so many of those mistakes if we just take advantage of the infinite lessons that God has revealed to us in His Word!

Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

About Ashleigh Arthurs 6 Articles

Ashleigh is a student at Harding University and has a love of travel and mission work.

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