|Acts 17:26-27 – “And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us.”
When have you been lost?
Perhaps you knew where you were supposed to go, but it was strange. You make a wrong turn and suddenly you are turned around.
Sometimes, it breaks your heart.
I was in a memory care unit and a woman came up to me and said, “can you help me find my room.” She was standing outside but her memory just did not let her find it.
Jesus told stories about lost things–sheep, coins, and a boy.
For those who believe, it seems so simple. Yet, that is only because we know where we are.
In his novel, Sorrell and Son, Warwick Deeping tells of a conversation between Sorrell and his son.
The boy is talking about life. He says that it is like groping in an enchanted fog. The fog breaks for a moment; you see the moon or a girl’s face; you think you want the moon or the face; and then the fog comes down again and leaves you groping for something, you don’t quite know what.
It was this sense that Paul brought to Athens.
His audience was educated and cultured.
They could find their ways around deep thoughts of philosophy. It wasn’t for lack of intelligence that they could not see what was real. It was that they were lost in the fog of a blinded world.
So, Paul came to tell them of something amazing.
“And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,” (Acts 17:26–27, ESV)
The fog can lift only when we look at what we cannot see.
If you are found, be thankful. If you are lost, keep looking for God is looking for you.
–Robert G. Taylor