“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.