Do you ever feel lost? Maybe like you’re simply walking in circles, not getting anywhere because, well, you have no idea where you should be heading? Today my sweet friend Holly Michael shares a terrifying time (least, it’d totally terrify me!) when she learned her daughter was lost, overseas, and how this event relates to our spiritual lives. As you read her thoughts below, determine to seek out God’s direction in every area of your life, because life’s too short to wander aimlessly.
But first, I need to announce the winner of last week’s give-away! Lillian Kohler, congrats! You won a copy of Leeann Betts No Accounting For Murder. I’ll message you soon to chat about the best way to get that to you.
Feeling Lost by Holly Michael
A couple of years ago, my daughter Betsy, while studying abroad in London, lost her wallet. She retracted her steps back to the restaurant, but it wasn’t there. She texted me on Facebook and I advised her to go the closest police station and file a report in case someone turned it in.
Later, a Facebook message from Betsy popped up on my iPhone.
Can’t find police station. Think I’m lost.
I immediately called her using Vonage, my international calling plan, and discovered she wasn’t far from the university where she was studying.
I plugged the address she gave me in Google Maps on my laptop and searched for the nearest police station while talking to her on the phone. The conversation went something like this:
“Did you pass Roberts Street?”
“It’s across the street.”
“Go to the other side of the street.”
I clicked on satellite view while she crossed the street. “Are you passing three large trees on your right now?”
“Yes. You can see them?”
“Yes and I see that you are going in the opposite direction from the police station. Turn around and go the other way.”
A peaceful tone settled into her voice as I kept her on the phone, noting shops along the way, directing her, until she reached her destination. It was almost like I was right there, walking beside her.
At one point in the conversation, she giggled and said, “Can you see me?”
“No,” I said, “but I’m with you, Sweetie.”
Betsy returned from that semester abroad and is now about to graduate with a master’s degree in communication. She’s looking forward to getting into a PhD program and is in communication with God, asking Him to guide her to the next phase of her life.
It’s amazing how modern technology can determine location, amp up our communications, and keep us moving in the right direction as it happened when my daughter was worried and lost in another country.
It’s also amazing how the power of God guides our steps. God doesn’t need technology to locate, help and direct us. He knows the trees along our path and even the sparrows singing in the branches. He created it all. He’s like a wonderful, loving, super GPS in the sky, able to zoom in on us, warn us when we are going the wrong way, and help us get to our destination.
So whether we are going the wrong way, slightly confused, need a little direction, or totally lost, we can easily connect with God. He’s only a thought…a prayer away.
“The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9 NASB).
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
Holly Michael has enjoyed a writing career as a journalist, features writer, and a regular ghostwriter for a Guideposts magazine before authoring novels and nonfiction books. Married to Anglican Bishop Leo Michael, Holly has three grown children; daughter Betsy and football-playing sons—Jake (former NFL) and Nick (UofLouisiana-Lafayette). Kansas City, Missouri is home and she blogs at www.writingstraight.com
Holly’s Novel, Crooked Lines:
On the shores of Lake Michigan, Rebecca Meyer seeks escape. Guilt-ridden over her little sister’s death, she sets her heart on India, a symbol of peace. Across the ocean in South India, Sagai Raj leaves his tranquil hill station home and impoverished family to answer a higher calling. Pushing through diverse cultural and religious milieus, he labors toward his goals, while wrong turns and bad choices block Rebecca from hers.
Traveling similar paths and bridged across oceans through a priest, the two desire peace and their divine destiny. But vows and blind obedience at all costs must be weighed…and buried memories, unearthed.
Let’s talk about this! Did you know God has a plan for your life? For your day? And that He’s committed to guiding you, moment by moment, toward His best for you? Do you routinely turn to Him for guidance, or do you tend to trudge ahead without thinking? Can you share a time when God gave you direction, how He revealed His plan to you, and the results? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or at Living by Grace on Facebook, because we can all learn from each other!
And speaking of divine guidance, join me on Ginger Solomon’s blog as I talk about allowing courage to override your fear of failure. You can join that conversation HERE.
And for all my local friends, tonight I’ll be at the Swanson Public Library in Omaha talking about active versus passive writing and how verb choice can add punch to your prose. (I’ll also bring some books, if you’d like to buy an autographed copy. 😉 )