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Prone to Wander

Driving long distances in my car is a pleasure I enjoy.  Some find road trips boring, uncomfortable, and dreaded.  I find them exciting, refreshing, and consider them an adventure. While traveling, I can catch up on CD’s that I have ordered of motivational or inspirational speakers.  I love old radio shows that I can hear in my car or listen to quiet music and reflect.  If the journey is taking me through new territory, just seeing the new terrain, towns, and people is stimulating.

With modern GPS equipment, it is next to impossible to get lost.  I did not say it was “impossible”, but it is much harder to do than earlier in my life.  The longer one drives in any direction, the further a person goes from home.  Without a GPS or a great sense of direction, it is very easy to be having a good trip but be heading away from one’s desired destination. If someone is not sure of where they are, what direction they are heading, and what highway they are on, then that pleasant drive can become stressful until that person’s position is verified.   Travel can rapidly become intense and filled with panic if they are not going to make their destination “on time” since they failed to go the right way.

The county hired a new person to paint fresh yellow lines down the middle of all the county roads. The first day this man painted an astonishing 10 miles of road with new double yellow lines down the middle. This was a record! No one had ever painted ten miles of the yellow lines in one day. The boss was very impressed. 

Although still good the second day the man only painted 7 miles of yellow lines. The third day the man managed to only paint 5 miles of the yellow lines which is not very good. The boss thought the man had a bad day but when on the fourth day the man only managed to paint one single mile of yellow line the boss had no choice but call him into the office for an explanation. The man began to tell him that the painting of the lines was getting more difficult every day and his progress was less because every day he was getting further away from his paint bucket!  (Copied).

From the beginning, God created man to walk with God.  That sounds so simple, doesn’t it?  But is there a challenge in life that is more demanding than to be “like Christ”?  To be like Him every day, in every transaction, every encounter that we have with family, friends, and folks with whom we do business should not be hard.  Or is it?  Surely, a person that has professed to love the Lord, seek His face, do His will, read His Word, seek the continual filling of His Holy Spirit, and abstain from all evil should be able to do that very readily.

Our track record is much less than stellar.  David is often used as our illustration of confessing sin through tears of earnest repentance.  Though He had “a heart after God”, he found himself on a course that took Him far from God in His actions.   Here was his “U-turn” moment to return to the Lord as a broken man seeking to come back near to the heart of God.

Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Psalm 32:2-5.