“Not all those who wander are lost.”

While in London, I saw this quote on a poster in the underground. I was intrigued. For too long, my spirit had been wandering aimlessly through life with no purpose, no thought of a destination. But then I began to understand that we need a target so we can steer the ship safely past the rocks and in the right direction. Without knowing where the destination is, how are we meant to know where the rocks are? Yes, we should be focusing on God, and our aim should be to become more and more like Him, but He also gave us talents and a personality, and I believe He expects us to use them with good intentions. What else could the parable of the talents mean, for we cannot buy our way into heaven (Matthew 25:14-30; Romans 3:22-24).

“Find something you are really passionate about, something that energises you, something worthy of building your life around. Jesus did and He won the world.”

How strange that this was the word for today on my birthday! Where once questions filled my mind, there are now answers of expectation. Situations that were once a nightmare are now a brilliant waterfall of opportunities. A few years ago I prayed for confidence. Since then, I have experienced situations that have tested my endurance and strengthened my confidence over and over again. “Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.'” Luke 9:23. 

An image comes to mind; an image of a toddler climbing steps. Each step requires effort and concentration, but that little toddler will not give up or look up to the steps he has not reached yet. And he cannot reach the top without climbing the steps inbetween.

For some weeks now I have been dwelling on one Bible verse in particular: “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20). It always seemed to be a quite scary Bible verse to me – as Christians, we have to be prepared to give up our homes in order to follow Christ; our home is not here on earth, but in a place that is being prepared for us (John 18:36; John 14:2). But how much more exciting when put into perspective. “Not all those who wander are lost”; because they know where they are going, if not in this life, then when all life has left their bodies. If the aim is to wander then how can we be lost!? There is so much to explore and discover, so many people we will meet along the way who may benefit from our personalities and attitudes, from the lessons we have learnt that we need to teach others. And we can learn just as much from those we meet on the journey.

“I once was lost, but now am found” goes the famous hymn. “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.'” Mark 16:15. We have been found, and His command was to go. I want to brave the storm. I want to climb the mountain. I want to see the hidden treasures of God’s creation and know what an awesomly powerful God we have! It will be scary, tiresome, at times lonely, but it will be worth it.

I will be one who wanders, but is not lost.

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
(from Little Gidding T.S.Eliot)

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