Boy, does this verse resonate with me. Wandering off and doing my own thing. I lived that way for years. It’s a hard way to live. It’s an exhausting and restless way to live. My son asked me the other day if there has ever been a time in my life when I was scared. I told him about the time I was about his age and was in the grocery store and I got separated from my mom. I had gotten distracted looking at something and when I looked in the direction my mom had been, I couldn’t see her anywhere. I remember the panicky feeling I had inside. Fortunately, I located her again probably within 15 seconds, but it seemed like a very long 15 seconds. That fear I had was so memorable.
The fear I experienced that day reminds me of the fear I’ve had inside me during those seasons in my life when I’ve wandered away from the Lord. It’s a chronic panicky feeling. It’s a constant feeling of unrest in my soul.
I never want that feeling again in my life. And the good news is, that if I continue to listen to the Lord and answer Him when He is attempting to point me in the right direction, I will never have to experience it again.