“Are you listening to me?” Stan said, as he interrupted my thoughts.
“Sorry, Stan,” I replied, “my mind was wandering a bit and I was thinking about something else. Really sorry!”
“That’s okay,” Stan responded. “I, too, have a tendency to let my mind wander. I just try to not let it wander too far.”
Continuing, he said, “That reminds me of the line from J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, The Lord of the Rings, where he said, in essence, that not all who wander are lost.”
“Do you agree with that?” I asked.
“It depends on who is wandering where, and why they are wandering,” Stan replied.
“To give you an example from the person I know best, I have certainly wandered in ways that showed I was lost.”
Continuing, he said, “During all of the time before I became a Christian, I was certainly wandering as a lost person. I was lost for eternity and didn’t even know it.”
“And, even as a Christian,” Stan continued, “I tend to wander away from God, doing what I want to do, when I want to do it. That does not make me lost in the eternal sense because I have accepted the finished work of Christ’s cross, but it can certainly make me lost in the sense of not being where God wants me to be during the remainder of the time I have on this side of eternity.”
“For me,” Stan added, “the best way to assure that I am not lost on this side of eternity is to make sure I am following the One who wants to lead me. That can only happen when I am His disciple by denying self and taking up what He has for me. Then I can follow Him without wandering all over the place!”
With all my heart I have sought you; do not let me wander from your commandments. Psalm 119:10.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you saved me from being lost for eternity through the finished work of Christ on the cross. You saved me from endless wandering apart from you when it is time for me to step into eternity. Thank you that you want to lead me on this side of eternity. I confess that too many times I wander away from you because I want to do what I want to do on my own apart from you. Please, Lord, forgive all of those wanderings. I ask that you lead and that you help me to follow you in denying self, taking up what you have for me to take up, and truly following you without wandering away on my own. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.