We had a long walk through a parking lot to a restaurant for a birthday party. On our walk we saw a woman walk by, and then about 10 feet behind her was a 6-8 year old boy playing a game on a phone. He was not paying attention to anything. He walked across the street with cars coming without looking up. They all stopped for him, but he was oblivious to the world around him. At some point, he looked up and started yelling "Mom!" My wife and I turned and headed back to the child.
In talking with him we found out that his mother and he were in a cherry red vehicle. My wife then began walking through the parking lot looking for a cherry red vehicle. The woman he was following was not his mother. I stayed with the child and asked him if what he was playing a game on was a phone. He said, "Yes." I suggested that he call his mom.
Meanwhile, my wife connected with a security officer driving through the parking lot. After some initial confusion, the officer came and began to gently talk with this child. You could see that the child is beginning to understand there is a problem. In that conversation, I think we learned that he has his mom's phone so she cannot answer. A man then came and who said his mother is in such and such store and is looking for him. The child went away with the man. Hindsight says that maybe the officer should have went also.
Why do I tell you this story? Sometimes we get so focused on something, we don't see the big picture. The boy was so focused on his game, he wandered away from his mother possibly following another person as if she was his mother. It is so easy to be distracted by something in life, we take the wrong road and don't even realize it. When we do, we are so far down the wrong path and wonder how we can find our way back. We are lost. We don't know where we are. We are unable to find our way.
Jesus told a story about a son who got lost. He was so focused on wanting to do his own thing, he treated his father as good as dead. He went off and did his own thing. When he partied his money all away and was left in a pig sty, then he realized he was lost. He headed home, and his father who was waiting, came running.
Don't get so focused on the game or on the "good life" that you wonder off. If you do, you might wake up and find out that now you are lost. But be encouraged, God the Father is ready to come running.