Monday, 22 July 2019

M Michele's Musings

Was Lost but Now I Am Found

Was Lost but Now I Am Found…

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found;

Was blind, but now I see.

It was a hectic Sunday morning.  I was delayed for about fifteen minutes before getting on the road for church services.  As I was nearing the end of my road I saw a car approaching with arms waving out of windows; strong silent gestures bidding me to stop.  Indeed, the carload of people were lost and had flagged me down for directions.  One of the passengers waving me down happened to be a young lady who had recently been attending our church which is located in a rural area.  Brandi usually attended with another church member but she was with a different group and when attempting to give directions she had accidently led the driver to take a wrong turn.  Thus, they ended up in my neck of the woods, a good twelve miles out of the way.  Since we were headed to the same place, instead of giving them directions, I offered to lead them.   Sometime later I noticed that they had turned off at a store when we were a couple miles away from church.  I turned around to make sure all was well.  Brandi relayed that they needed to stop at the store but she was familiar with the area and could now find her way.  I continued on to church and when the group arrived they all thanked me for leading them, excited that they had arrived safely with only a minor setback.

Afterwards, “I once was lost but now am found,” words from Amazing Grace,sang softly in my thoughts.  Other reflections began to saturate my mind.  What were the chances that they would end up on my road so far away from church?  What were the chances that I, who knew someone in the car, would be the one who was crossing their path?  Or even the fact that they were looking for the same church that I attend.  If I hadn’t been delayed that morning I would have missed them completely.  So many coincidences or rather “God-incidences” that gave me an opportunity to lead them to the church. 

The whole scenario reminded me that God is in control.  When we were lost He found us and began to lead us in the right way and down the right path.  He is always there to help us find the way.  He leads the way with His word.  He often puts “perfect laborers” (that person and/or people who have just what we need) in our path to help us and guide us. The Bible tells us that He directs our paths. I believe that Sunday He was directing my path and my time.   He was also directing their path, though lost, so that they could be found and led just where they planned to be. Sometimes we don’t even realize that it is happening but God is always directing our paths even when we are unaware.“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

God loves us so much. He is involved in every aspect of our life, even the simplest of circumstancessuch as getting lost on some lonely road. He has a grand plan and a wonderful purpose for every single life. He sent His beloved Son to die for mankind so that we could be found by Him;we are no longer like sheep gone astray once we choose to accept His free gift of salvation. As we walk with God,He continues to lead us on the road of redemption, restoration and fulfilment. He leads us with His love and faithfulness so we can experience His amazing grace and life more abundantly.

If you find yourself lost,be assured that He already knows just where you are and He will lead you to a safe place. Even when you make a wrong turn or experience bumps in the road,He will guide you to exactly where you need to be, if you put your trust in Him. Put your hand in His, walk with Him and believe that He will lead, guide and direct your footsteps into His amazing grace.

Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright October 2018 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire


Amazing Grace is a Christian hymn that was written by Anglican clergyman John Newton (1725–1807). John Newton’s story is a remarkable and powerful testimonyof the Grace of God. Newton was a man that was undeniably lost but God found him in the midst of his darkest hour. His story truly exemplifies God’s wonderful and beautiful Amazing Grace which is a gift that God, in His mercy, has so freely offered through the death and resurrection of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.God’s free gift of salvation is bestowed to each and every one, if we but accept it.   Newton penned the beautiful words out of a grateful heart to his loving God and saving Savior. Though the hymn was published in 1779 ithas long been a beloved favorite passed down through all the years that have followed. The song has never lost its powerful message. To this day Amazing Grace still toucheshearts with its poignant truths.

   

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found;

Was blind, but now I see.

 

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear

The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,

I have already come;

 

’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,

His Word my hope secures;

He will my Shield and Portion be,

As long as life endures.

 

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,

And mortal life shall cease,

I shall possess, within the veil,

A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,

The sun forbear to shine;

But God, who called me here below,

Will be forever mine.

 

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,

Bright shining as the sun,

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise

Than when we’d first begun.

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

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