When my brother and I scrambled around looking for lost objects, my mom (like mothers around the globe) would say, "Go back to where you had it last." We'd trudge back to the kitchen and find our homework in the fridge next to the milk. Or we'd sheepishly discover our keys still in the front door lock. Or when we got to the porch, we'd remember that after the water fight we'd gone to the fort, where the missing shoe was waiting for us.
I think of this when I hear people say that they used to be so certain of God's calling or guidance, but they're going through a spiritual slump, and now they're doubting it. I think of mom's advice when I hear people who used to have vibrant relationships with God, but feel like He's distant and can't remember how to connect with Him. Her words come to mind when people get sin-sick and homesick, but can't remember how to get themselves out their mess.
Sometimes we make it harder than it is. When we forget how to be a Christ-follower, we can look back to times when we knew how. We can go back to where we had it last.
I had a professor who used to say "Don't doubt in the darkness what God told you in the light." If God made your calling clear when you were close to him, think back to your certainty. Remember, don't revise the plan. Go back to where you had it last, and borrow faith from your old self.
When you're spiritually stale and miss your old relationship with God, think back. What were you doing differently? Has busyness crowded out your time for Christian community? Have you neglected your prayerful walks in the woods? Did the transition from written Bible to your Bible app kill your time in the Word? Retrace your steps to diagnose what happened. Go back to where you had it last, and discover the spiritual practices that are vital to you.
Maybe you've gotten to the point where sin that looked shiny in the showroom turned out to be more costly and dangerous that you expected. You feel ashamed, or stupid, or unforgivable. But Scripture points to the Gospel: "Go back to where you had it last." The grace that saved you then is the grace that rescues you now.
God's not lost. Your intimacy with Him isn't gone forever. Go back, and find Him waiting.