Prone To Wander

I like to take pictures of my children. Since I have a smartphone, this task has become easier than ever before. Whenever my children are doing something funny or cute, I quickly whip out my phone, open the camera app and snap. In fact, at the time of this writing, I have 2,622 pictures on my camera roll in my phone. Clearly, I like pictures of my children. And since I like to capture these moments, nothing is more frustrating than when I aim my camera, ready to snap, only for the image to soften and lose focus. Suddenly, I’m tapping the screen, trying to refocus the image. Inevitably, by the time I get the camera refocused, the moment is gone. I’ve missed an opportunity.

Sometimes, this happens in our spiritual lives as well. We can lose focus on God’s purpose for our lives through distraction or waywardness, and we can miss out on divine opportunities if we don’t refocus. Let me give an example from my life to demonstrate.

Before I married my husband, I spent several years single. During that time, I would go on dates here and there, but I didn’t have any meaningful relationships. Though I was growing close to Jesus, I longed for human companionship. It was a lonely time for me, and my loneliness tempted me to compromise.

I began dating a guy that was seemingly ideal—he was in medical school and he was handsome, athletic, charming, and brilliantly witty. I enjoyed his company, and I was attracted to him. There was only one problem: he did not have a personal relationship with Jesus. In spite of this red flag, I continued to see him and spend time with him. I knew this man wasn’t “the one,” but I ignored the quiet voice in my heart that cautioned me against it. I was playing with fire, and I almost got burned.

Then I met my husband. My first impression of him was that he was lanky and awkward. Yet, he began to pursue me, and I discovered a man who chased after the Lord. I quickly fell in love with his heart, as I saw Christ in him. We had a whirlwind courtship, and I married him just 6 months after our initial meeting. We are celebrating 5 years of marriage this fall.

I could have missed out if God hadn’t refocused my perspective. I played with fire in a relationship that didn’t honor the Lord. Yet, in his mercy, God opened my eyes and stirred my heart toward my husband. As a result, I have a marriage rooted in Christ, a godly husband who loves me as Jesus loves his bride, and a wonderful father to my children.

As the hymn proclaims, we are “prone to wander, prone to leave the God [we] love.” But by the grace of His Son, Jesus, He refocuses our lives when we wander. He takes our hearts and seals them for His glory.

Are you wandering right now? Are you missing out on opportunities for His glory because of distraction or waywardness? Is there an area of your life that God needs to refocus? If your life needs refocusing too, then think also of others with no relationship with Christ. Whom can you help find that first focus with Him?


Rachel Forrest is a 30-something working mom of two. When she’s not chasing her toddlers, you can find her nose stuck in a book. She also writes about the “coffee stains and growing pains” of motherhood at







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