“With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.” Psalms 119:10
One time my family had been stateside for a few months for furlough and we were getting close to returning to Brazil. We had visited all our churches and then headed south to visit my mother in law in south Florida before flying out of Miami. We were stocking up on items we would need for our trip so I took all four of my children to the mall to shop for clothes. Sam and Amelia were just pre-schoolers at the time so I had to keep a constant eye on them from wandering off away from me. I had promised them a trip to Toys R Us afterwards, so they were on their best behavior.
After finding some deals on little shirts and dresses in Sears we headed out for the main part of the mall. Shoes were next on the list so I turned into a shoe store on the right with my children in tow and headed down the aisle to browse. This was when I noticed that Sam was missing. I didn’t panic yet, but I called out and started walking every aisle expecting to see his blonde little head peaking out from under a bench. But the more I looked, the more panicked I became because he was gone.
I threw my bags down at the register and began screaming his name in the middle of the mall. I really didn’t care if people thought I was a lunatic because this was south Florida and I was eleven when Adam Walsh went missing. I knew the danger of a child on their own, especially one Sam’s age.
(I hate even telling this story because I don’t enjoy reliving the feelings I had that day)
People started looking for my son, security showed up and eventually Sam was found in the back of Sears at a cash register where someone had taken him to find his mom. He had apparently kept walking in the mall when I turned to go into the shoe store. He had wandered alone without any knowledge of what could have happened.
That’s what I think of when I read this verse in Psalm 119…. “let me not wander from thy commandments.” I don’t want to wander off from God’s Word. I don’t want to try and figure out my life without Him guiding me. I don’t want to be kidnapped by the devil and wrapped up in a life of sin.
Thankfully God sent a decent person along to guide Sam back to me that awful day. And maybe He will use this blog post to guide you back to Him if you have found yourself on my page today and are wandering. God wants you to walk with Him and stay close to His side. Go back to Him.
Do you know what keeps us from wandering? Paying attention. If your whole heart is in something, you will be focused! It’s when we go on auto pilot that we begin to wander because we start following our hearts. And you know what the Bible tells us about our hearts? It tells us we can’t know them, they are deceitful and desperately wicked! (Jeremiah 17:9) we should guide our heart, not be led by it! If we will aim ourselves wholly towards God, He will lead us to Truth.
Keep on track in your spiritual life. Stay in the Word of God and dwell in the knowledge that the Word is the ONE thing you can rely on to guide you safely until the day He calls us home.
Read the Word. Don’t wander off from It!
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Numbers 1 / Isaiah 23-24 / Psalm 84 / Romans 2