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The secret to not getting lost

A group of us were sitting in our living room last night. Teri, Rebecca, Lily & Lisa are going on a Luke 10 journey tomorrow, so they came over to get some prayer before they left.   They needed prayer for courage and for guidance among other things. Guidance, because you can feel los…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
A group of us were sitting in our living room last night. Teri, Rebecca, Lily & Lisa are going on a Luke 10 journey tomorrow, so they came over to get some prayer before they left.
 
They needed prayer for courage and for guidance among other things. Guidance, because you can feel lost when you’re not sure of your destination.
 
Luke 10 journeys are not for the faint of heart. As described by Luke, Jesus sent his disciples out without anything and expected miracles.
 
The gang I hang around believes that he still sends us out that way and so they periodically practice trusting him by going on these journeys without much of an itinerary or means of support.
 
The trouble is, we’re used to planning. A typical question when you hear that someone is going on a journey is, “So, what’s your itinerary?”
 
And Rebecca’s answer is, “Well, we’re going to ask the Lord along the way and we believe that he’s going to guide us.”
Rebecca describes herself as someone who is prone to getting lost. She says, “Ask any of my friends. They’ll tell you the same thing. I get lost. A lot.”
 
But that’s getting lost physically. The paradox is that Rebecca has learned the secret to never getting lost in the way that we humans sometimes do. As in, not knowing where we’re going in life. Feeling like we’re not connecting with ourselves, others, or our purpose. Lost.
 
Rebecca’s secret is that she’s learned to hear the Lord’s voice. She’s discovered what it’s like to listen to the quiet in a place where that lost feeling can rise up like a dark mist. And through the quiet she’s learned that God speaks and he guides.
 
It’s a scary thing to invite lostness by venturing out like the disciples did in Luke 10. But Rebecca has discovered a secret. She put it to us this way:
“He’s never failed me.  Yet.
I’m beginning to think He never will.”

Comments (12)

  • Beautiful! And encouraging…. one thing I recall Jesus telling me once was this,
    “Expect much on your adventure because I won’t have you come back disappointed.”
    May they receive much joy and have stories upon stories to recount.

  • I love this Blog, planning is almost like not trusting in our Lord to provide all we need. We American’s like to plan! Thank you!

  • A real picture of the walk of faith…..way to go. Keep us posted on their journeys. Thanks Seth for making time for them at your home..walking along side the step of faith they are marking on. Blessings to them..they are on my prayer frig!

  • Thanks for this post. Rebecca is an inspiration! I had the pleasure of serving next to her this summer in Haiti for a week. So excited to hear more about her current journey!

  • First, let me pray God’s blessings over my sisters and friends on this trip. Jesus will show up in the most interesting places, I promise! Hopefully, you’ll stop by and I can come out to play for some of the trip.

    My experience with moving to new places has always been the same. If I use the GPS exclusively, I never learn my way around. I never get a confidence in my moving around. It’s only when I’ve gotten lost a few times and found my way back that I ever get a sense of knowing where I am. I trust that you ladies will get lost and found in the Lord many times on this journey! I love y’all.

    Lily, don’t lose Dino!

  • Hi Scott and Marsha,

    When Rebecca told me about how you’d gone to Senegal, I thought, “OK, that’s why she’s such a go-getter. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!” Great job of raising her.

  • Thanks Seth and Karen and Barnes household for praying for us. We are looking forward to this adventure or the unknown with open eyes, open ears, open hearts, and open minds and hands. We want to allow God to do what he will.

    When someone asked Lily what we were doing, she said, “We’re going around to help make their dreams come true.”

    Thank you all for praying! (And Lily is holding tight to Dino.)

  • that is so encouraging! and a great promise. The Lord will never fail you or forsake us or forget or not care. His promises are real and alive, every moment! How lovely. How great!

  • Scott and Marsha Johns

    Seth, we have never met you, but thank you for praying with our daughter. What a surprise to see her face on your blog this morning!

  • We’re never truly lost in this world.
    We have a Heavenly Father who says,
    “I see you.”

    It may sound simple, even trite to some.

    But as I look back at my life…
    And all the times I’ve felt so lost, over the years…

    It seems profound this morning.

    Judith

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