A Word to the Wise On Finding Your Way (4 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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A Word to the Wise On Finding Your Way (4 of 4)
Series: A Word To The Wise (Part 2)
Jeff Strite
Proverbs 16:1-9

OPEN: I'd like you to sing the first verse of Amazing Grace with me:

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see.

This morning, I want to focus on one phrase in that great hymn: I once was lost, but now I'm found.

Have you ever been lost?
I have.
Lost is generally not a pleasant place to be.

ILLUS: When I first got to Logansport I had to be in Monticello one day (a town due West). By the time I got to Winamac (a town to the north) I realized I was going the wrong way. A trip that should have taken me about 20 minutes ended up costing me nearly an hour and a half.
I was frustrated and angry with myself.

Preparing for this morning's sermon, I went on Facebook and asked people on a couple of the groups I'm part of there, to share of times they got lost and how they felt when it happened. Amongst their stories, these two stood out:

• I remember as a child being separated from my mom in a large dept. store. It was terrifying not knowing who to turn to or who to trust. (John Murphy)
• When our oldest boys were little (pre-cellphone/gps days) I got us lost in Louisville due to misunderstanding some construction signs. We ended up in what most of us would call a "bad neighborhood." No working streetlights, few working traffic lights, every stop sign vandalized, boarded up buildings, angry faces staring at us at every corner... Though I tried not to show it, I began to feel the terror rising up within me... What if a group decided to surround our vehicle? What if we ran out of gas or broke down here? I was so frightened, I would not even attempt to stop and ask for directions - I just kept moving... When I finally caught the glimpse of that red, white, and blue interstate sign a few blocks away, I was so relieved I almost burst out crying. (Scott Gamel)

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