Friday, January 6, 2012

Lost and Found


“When you're lost it sometimes takes a while to realize you're lost. You convince yourself you've just wandered off the path...you'll find your way back any moment. Then night falls....you still have no idea where you are. It's time to admit you've bewildered yourself so far off the path that you don't even know from which direction the sun rises anymore.” Elizabeth Gilbert

Being lost is scary...terrifying actually. I was lost a few times....once in the woods. I had my bike with me. I was alone. It had started to get dark. I remember the panic...the desperation of trying to find the way out. 

I wandered in circles....over hills, mountains, passing streams and trees...everything looking the same. Finally....I dropped my bike and took off running. In my panic.....I prayed...more like begged God to help me get out of there.  He heard. When I came across an opening that had a stream of light shining through showing the way out.....I whooped and hollered....totally relieved...totally grateful.  

Being lost isn't fun. It's scary. Frightening. I used to be lost in ways that made my world scary.  I wandered in the dark....alone....desperate to find the way out....afraid I never would. 

I drifted around going over and over the same hurtful places.  In my panic.....I prayed.....more like begged God to show me the way out. He heard. When I saw the Light illuminating the path leading out.....I was totally overwhelmed with relief, joy and gratitude. 

Being lost on your own....in the dark.....is super scary.  I've never forgotten the feeling of running scared......the panic sticking in my throat....the hope of seeing a path I thought to be the way out and then the awful let-down when I realized it led nowhere. And when I finally saw the Light showing the path out...those overwhelming feelings of relief and gratitude.... 

I won't ever forget what it felt like to be lost then found. Because of that.....I always want to shine His Light for others so they too can find their way out.

16 comments:

They call me "Deb" said...

Sarah,
This is absolutely beautiful!
And please know that you ARE a carrier of the Light of Christ and I know that you lead many to safety and Love.
Blessings my friend!
Deb

RCUBEs said...

The hard part sometimes is that it takes us a while to even figure out we are lost! Because a lot of times, we tough it out and do everything in our own strength. I'm so grateful that His hands are always quick to reach out and save the lost! Like you and I. Thank you sister for always encouraging us. God bless.

A Joyful Noise said...

Out of darkness into His light that shines even through the thick blackness of the forest. Thank God He finds us when we are lost.

Wanda's Wings said...

So true!

Jedidja said...

Lets give thanks to God, He finds us when we are lost.

Puzzled Hat said...

I agree - you shine brightly and I for one am grateful you do. :)
PH x

Wonderingsoul said...

I'm so glad you found a way out Sarah.
You are an inspiration to so many still in the woods.
x

Paula said...

How very true. The time till I became aware HOW lost I am was the worst...

Of One Heart said...

May they all find their way out through His heart. Amen.

Finally Free said...

Shining the light to the lost with you my friend..

Hugs,
Tammy

Just_because_today said...

We are not lost if we don't lose sight of our faith, if we do, then we get really lost.

B M said...

Something I've learnt about God's light. His light shines brighter because I see it clearer now.

God's light is always present I realize, it was I who could not always see and sometimes was looking in the wrong direction.
How bright it shines depends on our faith.

Rhonda said...

Oh I love this Nikki, I remember also the "agony of being lost"...no longer am I lost sometimes the enemy comes in his best attempts to scorn my Saviour in circumstances, situations or among a people...but he is fruitless...a bone head! Enjoyed tremendously this post....I'm little late reading it ....but I just found it today ....Have a wonderful weekend

Fruto do EspĂ­rito said...

Greetings in Christ!

Nice message, glad to know its place my heart.
I leave the invatation to visit if you like to be part of the tree that is bearing fruit each day.

http://frutodoespirito9.blogspot.com/

Peace!

***Lucy***

P.S. Also visit: http://discipulodecristo7.blogspot.com/

Karen said...

Wonderful post. Thank you for your inspirational writing.

Reformed rebel said...

Hi Nikki ~ This is a great post. I agree with you that being lost isn't fun. I too was lost most of my life...52 years! So thankful I found the LIGHT! I will never walk in darkness again! Been lost in the woods before to...scary!
Blessings Nikki...Chelle