(Certain parts of this blog are excepts from my book, “Reigning in the Storm” available on Amazon)
I hate being lost! Sometimes I secretly wish that I was that person that welcomed those opportunities of being lost and viewed them as an adventure. Me? As soon as I miss my exit off the freeway in a place I’m driving and don’t know too well, my anxiety, uncertainty, and frustration goes from 0-10 in 2.5 seconds!
You may very well be that adventurous soul who welcomes those moments of not knowing where they are, but very few people I know enjoy the feelings that come with being lost. When we find ourselves in a situation where we feel lost, the very first thing we want to do is find our way back to the main path. Typically, we look for signs, signals, or we even try to retrace our steps so that we can get back to a place of familiarity.
There are many situations in life that can leave us feeling lost: divorce, death, bankruptcy, infertility or miscarriages, natural disasters, broken relationships, and more. Many times, the pain that is inflicted upon us from our closest relationships leave us feeling like we do not know which way to turn.
Storms are inevitable. They WILL strike. Every storm is going to be individual. No matter what your storm, how you handle each one is going to better prepare you for the following storm.
God had shown Himself to me through much of the adversity I have faced. But at times it seemed like every corner I turned led me to a dead end when I was intentionally trying to heal. I’d back up, regain my composure, run a little further, and hit another dead end. I felt like the mouse trying to escape the maze it was placed in while someone, God, watched from above, waiting for me to find the exit. This analogy is only half accurate. I was running and feeling like I was lost, but in actuality I wasn’t really lost. God was running alongside of me the entire time.
The next time you feel lost in your storm, remember what God says in Isaiah 43:2-3 (MSG),“When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not drown. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end — because I am God, your personal God.” What an amazing promise!
In those moments where life feels hectic and you don’t always understand why you’re headed in a direction that feels full of uncertainty, frustration, and sometimes pain, find peace knowing that you won’t stay lost forever. And remember that, much like the quote says at the beginning of this blog, the most difficult paths often lead us to the best things that will ever happen.