Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Advent: Day 23

Isaiah 30:21 You will hear a word spoken behind you, saying,
“This is the correct way, walk in it,”
whether you are heading to the right or the left.

At Botswana Music Camp last year, the campers went on a hike to the Gorge. There wasn't a well-defined trail so we were all reliant on the guides, who were the only ones who knew the way. Rob and I started out the hike in the middle of the end of the pack but, as the guides sped up and those younger than us quickly passed us to keep up with the guides, a handful of us fell behind. For a while, we would call out “Ko ko!” and someone near the end of the long line of those following the guides would call “Ko ko!” back at us. But the calls grew fainter and fainter. Eventually, there were about 7 of us who found ourselves at the edge of a ravine. So, thoroughly lost now, we decided to just stop, enjoy the view and take some photos of each other. Our absence was noted in time and people were sent back to retrieve us and take us the rest of the way but we were, technically, lost in an African forest for a while. On the return trip from the Gorge, one of the guides took up the rear to herd the stragglers (i.e. the other non-teenagers and I). Therefore, on the way back, no one was lost.

When has God herded you because you had straggled too far off course to still be able to follow God's lead?

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