Lost, But Not Alone
I had a dream that I was walking around the heart of the city where I grew up.
I wandered into a beautiful tall building and found myself in a room similar to a store. In this store was a copy machine and I remembered that I had several pieces of paper that I wanted to copy. As I lifted the cover of the machine, placed my paper on the glass and hit the green print button, I realized that I did not have my money with me to pay for the copies; I left it in a different building. I quickly gathered my things and brought my one copy up to the cashier and explained my situation. She was understanding and allowed me to leave to get my money. So I walked down some long hallways and down a few flights of stairs and through the heavy doors to the outside. I was not sure which direction to turn away from the building I had just exited. I decided to turn left and made my way down the city blocks. I do not remember how or when I had my money, but it was assumed I had it and I began my journey back to the building with the store and the copy machine. Panic set in when I could not remember where this beautiful building was located. I was lost and alone.
The conviction of sin! I dreamt about the conviction of sin! Let me explain.
I was in a familiar location in my dream. The several pieces of paper symbolized the choices we have to make in any given situation. And what I copied was a bad choice; I committed a sin. The conviction came to me that I could not pay for this myself at that time; I had to seek out my payment source, which for a Christian, is Jesus.
The realization of not having my money with me as I hit the green print button is an example of how quickly the Holy Spirit can prompt any of us that what we just did was a wrong choice. I feel unlovable and unworthy when I am convicted of my sin. But I am so thankful that Jesus paid the price for all of my sins. It doesn’t mean for me to go about sinning wherever and whenever I want to, as my relationship with Jesus is stronger than that response. I am ever thankful and indebted to his saving power. I consider Him my best friend and best friends treat each other with respect and honor.
In my human weakness, I am lost, but with Jesus by my side, I am not alone.
1 Corinthians 7:23
You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.