TITLE: Little Girl Lost
By Patricia Protzman
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Little Girl Lost
I have been thinking about my childhood. It has been over fifty years but I remember an incident that happened to me when I was six or seven years old.
My family and I lived in the country in a house that included ten acres of property, most of it wooded. I was a curious little girl and decided one afternoon to explore those woods.
I started from the back of the house and slowly began walking on a beaten path, looking up at the trees as I went along, checking out the wildflowers and bees. Occasionally, I would look back and see the house; but I became so engrossed with the flowers, bees, and exploring, that soon I found myself off the path and in the middle of the forest.
I looked back, and the house was not there. I looked up and around; there were trees everywhere. I started in the direction where I thought the house was, but I could not find the path. I yelled a few times for my mother, but no one answered. The only sound I heard was birds singing. I was very afraid.
I started to cry but stopped and remembered what the Sunday school teacher said. “Jesus is everywhere and if we need him, all we have to do is say, Jesus help me.”
I yelled “Jesus, please help me get home.” There was silence, but suddenly I knew which direction to take.
A short time later, I could see the back of my house. I started to run as fast as I could. I ran inside the house to the kitchen where my mother was and shouted, “I was lost and Jesus showed me how to get home!” Mom looked at me with a questioning look and asked a few questions.
She said, “I’m glad Jesus helped you get back home, but why did you disobey me and go into the woods by yourself?”
I shrugged my shoulders, looked down at my feet, and said, “I’m sorry.”
She gave me a hug and I hugged her back. I felt safe again. I remembered what my mother told me and never again went into the woods, unless an adult was with me.
Sometimes we wander off the path God has set before us. We may spend less time reading His Word and praying, stop going to church, or get involved with a person that is not a Christian. People or things distract us and before we know it, we have lost our way.
The Bible is our roadmap in life. We should read it everyday, pray and ask God to be our guide and show us His will. Life is not always easy, but it is better to stay on the path than stray and become lost in the woods. But, if we do, we can always call out to Jesus for help.
“In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.”
Psalms 86: 7 NIV.
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