Wandering

This is kind of a “part 2” for yesterday’s devotional.

I have a t-shirt from one of my kids that says, “Not all those that wander are lost.” I love that t-shirt because I have always loved the adventure of travel. A special memory to me is from being at Heathrow airport. Hearing all the different languages, seeing the way people of other cultures dress, looking at the arrivals and departures to see where all those people came from or to where they were going was so much fun!

During my life, I’ve found that it’s easier to keep in check my wanderlust for travel than it is to keep in check the wanderlust of my heart. I’ve had so many good things cross my path. Good opportunities for ministry, for work, for my community, for my family, all have come to me and my heart has wanted to dive into each one of them, but much fewer have been the right ones, the ones from God.

My heart’s desire for good things now rather than waiting for the right things from God is so dangerous because those good things would pull me from the path upon which Jesus leads. Oh, what a challenge it is to keep my heart under the authority of my Lord.

This is my prayer and I hope it is also your prayer:

Father God, I pray that “With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!” for Your Son said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” therefore I ask for Your help that I would not stray from Your path. I ask for discernment so that I would separate the good from the right and that my heart would choose that which is right. In the Name of Jesus, my Lord, I pray. Amen (Psalms 119:10 ESV), John 14:15 ESV)

As I close out this devotional, I hear in my heart the hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” singing within me. I think it’s impossible for me to write about wandering without hearing this song in my ears.

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace’
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
...
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it—
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Youtube of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

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