When someone tells us to “get lost,” we often get offended. Who do they think they are telling us to “get lost” or “take a hike”? But, instead of being offended, why not take their advice? Why not spend a little bit of time getting lost, or better yet, taking a hike and enjoying the wonders of our world?
The problem with our world these days is we don’t take time to get lost anymore, much less take a hike. Our world insists that we stay found – that we’re available 24/7 should someone need us – or need something from us. Our world insists that our behavior be the same every day – so the world can rely on us to play the role we’ve been assigned.
More often than not, we consent. We follow the rules, take the same route to work, do the same routine every day – get up, get dressed, go to work or school, or do our assigned tasks for the day, come home, eat dinner, watch a little TV, go to bed and do it all again the next day. In short, we willingly stay in our rutted, familiar road.
Straying from the path, or our assigned roles is forbidden. Most days we wouldn’t dream of getting lost or taking a hike – but this is precisely what we must do to encounter the blessings of the unfamiliar road. We must consent to get lost – to take a hike – to take the road not taken and see where it leads us, and open ourselves to whomever we may meet on this new, rarely trodden path.
Not only do we need to get lost, or take a hike from time to time, we need to encourage others in our lives to do the same. So often, we expect those around us to stay on that familiar road, available to us 24/7, while we make a break for freedom . But getting lost, or taking a hike, is something we must allow others to do as well.
I invite you to get lost! Take a hike! Get off the beaten path from time to time and spend some time on unfamiliar roads. Take a right instead of a left – go down a road you’ve never traveled before – talk to someone you’ve been avoiding. Do something, anything, to break free from your predictable, comfortable patterns. Get outside your comfort zone and consent to paying attention to every step you take. Ask for directions instead of using your GPS and learn a little bit about the people around you that you usually pass without a thought.
When you get lost you’ll find your true home in the Holy is really all around you – and that will make you say: “Oh, Yeah!”