Finding Our Way Home

And Jesus prayed this prayer: "O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding the truth from those who think themselves so wise, and for revealing it to little children. Yes, Father, for it pleased you to do it this way!

Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father. Only the Father knows the Son, and the Father is known only by the Son and by those to whom the Son reveals him. Come to me and I will give you rest - all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke. Wear my yoke - for it fits perfectly - and let me teach you; for I am gentle and humble, and you shall find rest for your souls; for I give you only light burdens." Matthew 11: 25-30 (TLB)

Living in southern Arizona gives Doug Wingert the opportunity to enjoy summer hiking on cool mountain trails and winter hiking on warm desert paths. One fall day he was hiking alone, following a mountain stream. Even though he was carrying a heavy backpack, he was caught up in the beauty of the colorful autumn leaves of the oak, ash, and cottonwood trees.

While exploring this beauty, he left the path and became disoriented. He began to feel a sense of panic, and his pack now seemed much heavier. How quickly he had gone from the euphoria of a beautiful day to the shock and exhaustion of being lost. Because of his outdoor training, Doug calmed himself, pulled out his compass, reoriented himself, and got back on the right path. Somehow his heavy backpack seemed lighter again, and he felt refreshed as he safely returned home.

The correct path was safe and beautiful, but he ran into trouble as soon as he decided to find his own way. His experience reminded Doug that when he spends time daily, reading scripture and building his relationship with the living Lord, he is refreshed and always able to find his way home.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for your beautiful creation and for the divine guidance you have shared with us through the Bible. Thank you for showing us the way home through your risen Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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