Get Unlost: Step By Step – Psalm 119:105
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” – Psalms 119:105 NLT
Funny that this verse came up this morning because two things happened on my walk.
- I got lost because I tried walking a new way.
- I was listening to a song by Andy Mineo called “Lost”.
So I’ve already been thinking about what it means to be lost, and I guess it’s something we all experience. Whether it’s the child in the shop, the business owner trying to develop their company, or us walking about in our daily lives.
It’s easy to feel lost in our lives. But what do we do when this happens? What can we do? Well, Psalm 119:105 lays at a step by step guide to get unlost’.
1. Focus on your feet (Action)
When I was 17 I went on a 3- day hike… with the flu. It was miserable and I don’t recommend it. Each mountain we got to I thought: “this is it. I can’t do it. I’m done”. I couldn’t even bear to look up at the slope… So I just looked at my feet.
Before I knew it we had reached the top. We did it again. And again. And again. Each night I made it into my sleeping bag and within 3 days we reached the end.
Even it you’ve never been hiking, you know what I’m talking about. You’ve experienced this. The grind… taking one day bit by bit, step by step. Perhaps unable to imagine how you will make it to the end of the day.
But you do.
The Psalmist describes God’s word as a lamp to their feet. Something that gives direction step by step, in the present. I believe that in our daily lives. God longs to do this for us.
One way is through prayer (by asking “what do you want me to do today”or “how do you want me to handle situation X”). Another is through other people (mentors, leaders, prophets speakers, writers, friends etc). And of course through the Bible.
2. Trust The Path (Vision)
The verse also says that his word is a light to our path. Sometimes we see that path, other times we don’t. It’s good to know where we are going. It helps us plan, prepare and prioritise, but roadblocks, detours and losing our way are all part of life.
There’s a lot of fear around knowing our purpose, or calling, or vision or whatever you wanna call it. We long for a lightning bolt moment, where a loud voice speaks to us, telling us exactly what to do. That’s never happened to me (if it does l’ll let you know).
Instead we can ask questions like:
• “What do I have that others need?”
• “What makes me angry about the world?”
• “If money was no concern what would I do?”
You know what else we can do? Ask. Seek. Find. Trust the path God is taking us on. Do our bit and trust Him to do His. Look at Joseph. Look at Moses. Look at all of us. There’s times we don’t have a clue and that’s fine, because He does.
See you tomorrow.