“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” - Joel 2:12 NIV
Confession time, I rely heavily on the GPS when going almost everywhere. Unless I have traveled the route hundreds of times, I let the GPS tell me how to go. Usually, it is reliable, but sometimes it takes me to the wrong destination. Okay, I admit this is typically a user error. For example, a few years ago, we went to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and ended up in a neighborhood in Hyde Park. Lost and frustrated, we reentered the address and then guided to the museum without issue.
There are times when we may become lost spiritually. We feel adrift and disconnected from God. In Joel's time, the people of Judah were in this state. Ruled by other nations and suffering from an invasion of locusts, they were lost. God calls them to repent, and they will enjoy restoration.
God is always there, patiently waiting for us to return. He does not desire for us to be lost, but the decision is always up to us. Will we remain floundering without direction, or will we humble ourselves and repent? Will we change our destination?
Lord, thank you for your patience. We confess, sometimes we become lost, we lose our sense of your direction. We come humbly and earnestly before you no,w asking forgiveness. Lord restore us into your fullness. We pray this in Jesus's name. Amen.