(A devotional thought from the book One Smile, One Heart)
All three of us had a child performing in the “Morgan County Night of Bands” at Brewer High School, an annual show by area high school marching bands. Janice’s daughter was a majorette, Julia’s daughter was a drum major, and my son was part of a drumline.
“Roy and I are going to follow the band bus to Brewer,” Janice said.
“Julia, do you want to ride with me?” I asked. “Surely we can’t get lost. It’s one road from Decatur to Brewer with no turns!” We all had a good laugh.
On the night of the show I picked up Julia. We headed south on Highway 67 and forty minutes later we were there. No big deal. The show was loud and colorful and fun. And, of course, our three kids were amazing! After the show Julia and I said goodbye to Janice and walked to my car. Traffic was backed up horribly with everybody trying to get out of the parking lot. Finally we were able to pull onto the road to start for home.
We chattered non-stop about the different bands and the themes of their shows. We discussed our kids and our husbands and our parents. We dreamed out loud of vacation plans for the next year. You know, best friends can cover a lot of topics during a forty-minute drive.
Then out of nowhere a strange thing appeared—a stop sign. I rolled to a stop. I looked at Julia. Julia looked at me.
“Where in the world are we?” I exclaimed.
“I have no idea!” Julia exclaimed louder.
“Cotaco?” I exclaimed louder yet, pointing to a sign on a country store. “I don’t even know where Cotaco is!”
Julia giggled. “Leave it to us to get lost when all we had to do was pull out of the parking lot and turn left.”
Deuteronomy 4:9 cautions us to stay alert and not let our heart wander off. Otherwise, we could end up in “Cotaco,” an unfamiliar place, a long way from where we want to be.
“Just make sure you stay alert. Keep close watch over yourselves. Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen. Don’t let your HEART wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live” (Deuteronomy 4:9 MSG).