When your home key quits working

Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!
Psalm 43:3

My home key on the laptop quit working a few days ago.

When I want to get to the top of a webpage, I press home and expect to arrive there. But every time I tried, nothing happened. No movement.

I was stuck where I was.home key

Ever happen to you? You wander out a little too far—either physically or spiritually—then you realize you need to get back home. But your old ways of arriving there no longer work.

An old Jewish tale says that a young man wanted to learn how to shoe horses. He took detailed notes from his master teacher. Yet when he later tried it alone, he could accomplish nothing.

He had failed to record the first step, the most important step—light the fire.

When you fail to find your way home, remember the first step—light the fire.

Don’t get hung up in details.
Fix your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2).

Jesus will not only be the light to show you the way (John 8:12), you’ll soon discover that he is the Way itself (John 14:5-6).

The way home.

I learned to fix my computer home key by backing off the details. It seems I had inadvertently pushed it into caret browsing mode earlier by hitting the F7 key. That sent the cursor through text very detailed, one character at a time, instead of by tabs or pages, or home and end.

By pushing F7 again, I got back to the big picture. Pushing the home key now works again.

When you get turned around, look for the light.
Focus on the big picture.
The Way. Jesus. 

He’ll get you back home every time.

You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11

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What helps you return home when you get turned around?


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