I Once Was Lost


“We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.”

-Isaiah 53:6

One day at lunch I was seeking tranquility from a heavy workload and I found myself looking at God’s beauty at our local golf course. It’s beautiful there and I was soaking it in. Across the course I saw a young man walking alone with no clubs and he walked up to me on the porch.

I asked him how he was doing, and he said ok. I asked him what he was doing on the course and he said his buddy kicked him out of his car and he was from St Louis.

Concerned for him, I encouraged him to use my phone to somehow find a ride home. He reached out to multiple friends and finally gave up. I then asked if he had any family and he said, he had a stepdad.

I said, you may not want to call him, but I thought in his situation that it would be a good idea and he agreed. He called him and he answered, they talked for 10 minutes and then he gave me my phone back and said his stepdad was on his way.

I had a feeling this kid might be on drugs or something was a bit off and I shared with him a bit of my story of being a former drug dealer. I told him it’s never too late to change and that with the help of God anything is possible. I then asked him his name and he told me Alex; we both got a chuckle when I told him mine.

I got up and handed him $10 and said you may need something to drink or eat while you wait for your dad and he thanked me and then I left.

When I got home, I called his stepdad, wondering if he made it home. His stepdad was so glad to receive my call. He told me that Alex had run away from a green center which was trying to help Alex battle with schizophrenia and drug addiction. He and his wife both got on the call crying and thanking me for helping their son. I ask that you all say a prayer for young Alex and his family. This young man is lost but I pray that he hears Gods message and is found.