Take some time to seriously consider your options. What steps would you take to stay alive? What would you do to find shelter? Where would you go to get water? How would you find food?
It is my impression that we would experience a certain level of anxiety about being in such a predicament. An outdoor enthusiast may feel less stress than someone not accustomed to the woods, but I think the majority of us would feel some sense of concern about our safety and well-being if we were truly lost in the forest.
Now, picture yourself spiritually lost. The nightfall of your life is approaching. You wandered far off the path of faith many years ago or just recently. Either way, you are seriously lost at this moment in time. What do you do?
Take some time to seriously consider your options. What steps will you take to spiritually arise? Where will you find shelter? How will you be nourished?
Our eternal life is a serious issue. We are hardwired to preserve our mortal life and that is good. However, we are also wired to be united with God. "Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee (God)." Unfortunately, it appears that we as individuals and as a society are very adept at squelching the desire to be united with God. When we reject intimacy with God now we are also rejecting that intimacy for eternity.
I want to encourage you today to do a little spiritual check-up. Are you being nurtured by the proclamation of God's Sacred Word? Are you being nourished in the Eucharist? Are you finding shelter in the arms of God and His beloved Church? Are you seriously striving to live out the Ten Commandments? Do the beatitudes impact your life? Do the spiritual and corporal works of mercy mean anything to you? Do you have a desire to be a saint?
Please don't wait to get right with God. Seek forgiveness of your sins now. Ask God to fill you with grace. Let the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ transform your life. Invite the Holy Spirit to move profoundly in your life. There is no time like the present. The Kingdom of God is at hand.