LOST SHEEP

During a recent trip to Europe I once again found myself standing in long lines in airports, going through security checks, and finally boarding planes that were waiting to take me to my destination.  What used to be an enjoyable experience, now turned into a dreaded hassle, has become a necessary evil.  I no longer like to travel as I once did.  My curiosity about other cultures and countries has been replaced by a desire for peace and above all, safety. 

Seeing armed guards with M-16 rifles circle through the airports, by the way, does not make me feel more secure.  On this most recent trip I turned to someone as two armed men in black uniforms walked through a street entrance into the airport’s departure hall, and I asked if anyone ever bothers to check their ID’s.  For all I knew they could have been a couple terrorists dressed as security guards.  Then the  Norway massacre that occurred a week later, generated by a man in a fake police uniform, gave my concerns greater plausibility.  It doesn’t take much these days to make you realize we are beginning to resemble Little Bo Peep’s sheep – it seems we have lost our way.

Speaking of being lost, now-a-days it’s a standing joke that men refuse to ask directions when they are lost.  Perhaps that problem has been eased a bit with all the tracking devices we can haul around with us.  But because it is easy to get directions to a restaurant, theater or some other location without stopping to ask someone for directions, it doesn’t appear finding our way through the greater quagmires, like solving the national debt crisis, comes without enormous struggle and ends with results that are unsatisfactory.  And there doesn’t appear to be  anyone on the planet we can ask who can offer real solutions to our mounting national ills.

To say the least, it’s been a gory few weeks watching our national leaders wrangle, curse, call names and deny responsibility for the financial mess the United States is currently in.  It’s been downright depressing.  And through it all I only heard two congressmen mention they were going to a chapel to pray for guidance.  Only two publicly recognized it would be a good idea to ask someone who has been around forever how best to go about solving the debt crisis. 

But there really is a way out of all this mess for our leaders, men and women alike, if they would just collectively seek it. They need to seek guidance from their creator.  Two Congressmen seeking his help just aren’t enough, even though their example is a good one.  Maybe we should give the following a try – all of us.  It wouldn’t hurt:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

 

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