I am directionally challenged and not afraid to admit it! Many years ago, I attended college courses in Columbus in order to complete my bachelors degree, and typically drove there and back the same way. One night I decided to try a different route - BIG MISTAKE! I ended up on a dark highway heading nowhere with no idea where I was or how to get home. I was lost, scared and in tears, and feeling pretty hopeless.
Being truly hopeless is frightening. Sometimes we wander, knowing we have a destination to reach, but not knowing how long it will take or what our next turn should be. God allows us to explore and to get lost so that we gain experience and understanding. Genesis 28:15a says "Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go." He's always with us and is making a path for us, even when we feel completely and totally lost. When that happens, remind yourself that God is watching over you. His ceaseless love will carry you through the darkest nights, no matter how far you stray. God will welcome you, talk to you and stay with you always.
Ask your child...
When have you felt lost, abandoned, and without hope?
Challenge your child...
During hard times, having Bible verses to cling to helps. Memorize them, put them on a bookmark or draw them on paper to hang in places where you will see them constantly.
Psalm 103:11-12: God loves us like crazy and throws our sin far away.
Luke 18:27: God can do anything.
Romans 8:28: God works for good in our lives.
Romans 8:38-39: Nothing can separate us from God's love.
Revelation 21:4: Pain and death will end.
Gather others as go-to verses.
God, please help me. I need to know that you're working things out. Amen.