“While his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.” (Luke 2:43-45)
We are people on a mission. Which, for the most part, is a really great thing. The problem comes when we charge ahead with our own plans and agendas and leave Jesus behind. And we are usually a good bit down the road before we even discover that he is missing. If it wasn’t so tragic, it would be comical.
Life with God always starts with stopping. We have to stop, look, and listen. We have to allow God to be the one to set the direction, the tone, and the agenda. Otherwise, we are not really following him at all, we are just following ourselves.