Have you ever felt lost in your life? Feeling lost is a desolate experience. But take heart, you are not alone. On the Connecting Faith and Work podcast, host Bob Willbanks shares seven ways to overcome feeling lost based on a story his dad shares about flight training in the Navy.
Bob noticed many parallels between the flight training lesson and the process to take when making decisions, facing temptations, and seeking God's will. He considered how the flight training method for overcoming feeling of being lost can be grounded in Scripture. These principles help you move from feeling lost to getting back on track.
1. Admit You Are Lost
When you are lost, make mistakes, or just don't know what to do, admitting you are stuck is hard. However, you can't be open to God's guidance in your life if you let pride get in the way. You allow God to direct your steps when you humble yourself and admit the truth that you are lost.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
God is waiting for you to yield to Him so that he can guide you in His perfect plan for your life.
2. Radio for Help
Once you've admitted you are lost, have the courage to reach out to God with that admission. This opens your mind and heart to receive God's instruction, help, and guidance as you get back on track.
"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up."
3. Look for Landmarks
Once a pilot has admitted they are lost, and radioed for help, their next step is to look for landmarks. Christians find landmarks by searching God's word for truth. God's word points you toward the path that God has laid out for you. Spending time in God's word on a daily basis allows you to accumulate truth in your mind and heart. Landmarks don't change. Likewise, God's word is always the same.
"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away."
4. Confirm Landmarks with your Instruments
The fourth step to take when you are feeling lost is to confirm the landmarks you have found. As Christians, this looks like having spiritual mentors and belonging to small groups. This allows you to verify what you are receiving from God through prayer and Bible study. Without this confirmation, it is possible to misread or misinterpret truth due to pride, temptation, or hurry. In order to avoid setting a wrong course, place yourself in the company of trusted advisers who can guide your understanding of truth.
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."
5. Reorient Yourself
After confirming the landmarks, you now know your position and are no longer lost. From here you can reorient yourself and begin to plot the appropriate course. In the podcast episode, Bob Willbanks shares how he believes that God does ask us to step up and create our plans. Start moving in the direction you know is correct based on your landmarks and confirmation.
Reorienting yourself and moving forward may come in stages. The process might include a lot of adjusting and re-confirmation as you go along. You may even start to feel lost again, and have to start over from the beginning to clarify the direction God is sending you.
6. Verify Your Reorientation
As you reorient, continue verifying your process through time reading the Bible, prayer, and counsel. Plans can go off course, even if they were made with care, so ongoing insight is needed.
7. Get Back on Track
Finally, it is time to get back on track. Slight corrections to stay on track will always be needed, but those corrections are easily made when the sights remain on that final destination. Likewise, you can set your sails knowing that you have played your part in seeking God's will in you life. Keeping your sight on eternal values will keep you on track towards what God would have you do.