Lost, Into The Wild & Your Spiritual Journey

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Lost, Into The Wild & Your Spiritual Journey


Go to the dictionary: Having gone astray or missed the way; bewildered as to place, direction; No longer to be found.

Go to TV Guide: A breakout hit that reworks `Survivor’ into an addictive drama about stranded plane-crash survivors on a Pacific isle. These disparate, resilient souls are bedeviled by flashbacks to their pasts; ever-changing group dynamics; a monstrous predator; island residents known as “The Others;” a 19th century sailing ship called “The Black Rock;” and bunkers belonging to the Dharma Initiative, a group of scientific researchers.

This show is popular because humans can relate to being lost–
we’ve all been lost.

Watching people lost on TV can be entertaining¢â‚¬¦
But being lost in real life is not so funny¢â‚¬¦
Especially when it comes to our spiritual Lost-ness
Which is the theme of Isaiah 53:6.
We all, like sheep,
Have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way.

In the movie GRAND CANYON: Danny Glover summarized the situation in his message to a young gang leader in the film Grand Canyon.

Attorney Kevin Kline is on his way home from a Lakers game when he takes a wrong exit gets lost and ends up with car trouble in the wrong part of town. He calls a tow truck, but before it arrives, a gang vehicle moves slowly towards Kline’s car. Just in time, tow-truck driver Danny Glover arrives to intervene. He takes the leader of the gang aside. Here’s what he says to him:

“Man. the world ain’t supposed to work like this. Maybe you don’t know that, but this ain’t the way it’s supposed to be. I’m supposed to be able to do my job without askin’ you if I can. And that dude is supposed to be able to wait with his car without you rippin’ him off. Everything’s supposed to be different than what is here.”


Humans have an amazing capacity for denying our lost-ness:

That’s why CS Lewis said, “No man knows how bad he is until he tries to be good¢â‚¬¦Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is¢â‚¬¦That is why bad people know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means the only complete realist.”

Because the wages of sin is death–the consequences of our denial are serious–they are a matter of life and death¢â‚¬¦.

This weekend theatre goers saw Into the Wild, the story of Chris McCandliss, a young man who thought he could survive in the wild¢â‚¬¦alone. Unfortunately he ate some moldy seeds and died alone in the Alaskan wilderness¢â‚¬¦

There are a lot of people who are dying spiritually but will not give up their stubborn rebellion against God—They will only admit thy are lost when they come to the end of their rope & Brennan Manning had a special prayer for them—

May all your expectations be frustrated,
may all your plans be thwarted,
may all your desires be withered into nothingness,
that you may experience the powerlessness and poverty of a child
You will sing and dance in the love of God
who is Father, Son, and Spirit.
And today on planet Earth,
may you experience the wonder and beauty
of yourself as Abba’s child
and temple of the Holy Spirit
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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