Have you ever been completely lost? I mean really, really lost?
When I was a little girl, (and before the GPS-Google Maps Era), my family and I were traveling from West Virginia to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for a week’s vacation. We were all worn out and frustrated from our long twelve hour drive and from looking at the huge, cumbersome, fold-up map. (This map could take up the whole back seat when unfolded end-to-end)! But we could not wait to see the ocean!
We were not more than a few hours from our destination when things were not going as planned. A few wrong turns, (and a few of my Father’s “short cuts”) and it didn’t take long for us to realize….we were lost!
My Grandma, a little testy from being in the middle of nowhere wearily trudged into a nearby gas station to ask for directions on how to get us back on track. The attendant with his thick southern accent replies matter of fact, “Ma’am….you can’t get there from here.”
Many of us may feel the same way when we are on a road leading to nowhere in our spiritual lives. We may be caught in the snares of addiction, cheating, lying, or any other form of unrighteousness. These sins may lead us to turn from God ashamed of where we are or where we’ve been. Not being able to break free from Satan’s clenches leaves us often with the feeling of loneliness, not knowing where, or to whom, to turn.
The road back to Jesus can seem a million miles away. But, the good news is, He is softly and tenderly calling you home. He’s beckoning you out of the trenches and off the road which leads to nowhere. Jesus is eagerly awaiting your return.
No matter which wrong road you have taken or how lost you have become, God’s righteous right hand is reaching out to you. He wants to draw you back to Himself. So remember: You are never too far-gone where Jesus is concerned. And, believe me when I say, “you CAN get there from here.”
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me; see on the portals He’s waiting and watching, watching for me
and for you.
Come home, come home; you who are weary come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling , O sinner, come home!
United Methodist Hymnal, 1989