I got lost in the hills of central Tennessee.
I have been out in Nashville for a convention and I had the chance to go to a new church about 30 miles into the country… south of the city.
These days, I don’t carry maps, or phone numbers, or anything… I just carry my iphone. I refer to it as my external brain.
Well, while I was following the roads through the country… using my iphone GPS and map as a guide… my iphone seized up, wigged out, and shut down!
All the information that could have helped me was inaccessible… phone numbers, addresses, email, GPS, text, map… all of it.
I was lost.
I had not committed anything to memory, I had no back-up plan. I was just out there in the Tennessee hills knowin’ nothin’ ’bout nothin’.
Our lives are full of such miscalculations… but nowhere are they greater but in the life of faith. We may have a passing fancy or commitment to the wisdom of the spiritual life… but as much as we want a spiritually fulfilling life for ourselves and our families, so often we ‘forget’ the road map it lays out for us.
Most of us know who Moses was… the guy responsible for leading the people of God through the ‘wilderness’ (not the Tennessee hills… but close) to the ‘Promised Land’. And he always taught people to commit faith to everyday memory… and not to rely just having it somewhere where it might get lost… like the iphone.
He says in Deuteronomy 6:5-9:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
If we feel lost… it may be becasue we are… it may be because we haven’t been able to remember those things we should have committed to our everday memory.