Sunday, March 03, 2013

TURNING AROUND


I DON’T REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME it happened, but I am sure I was not very happy about it.  I know it happens to almost everybody at some time or another, and often it’s really nothing to get that worked up over, but it still unsettles me and even makes me angry at times.

Oh, you want to know what in the world I am talking about? Well it’s those times that you pile your family in the car, or maybe it’s just you and your spouse, or maybe it’s just you and you’re driving down the road and suddenly you remember that the item you were to bring is back at home. It might be the casserole for the church potluck, or it might be the kid’s homework, or maybe it’s your airline tickets, but whatever it is you have to turn around and go back home and get it. Hopefully, you’re not too far down the road, especially if it’s your airline tickets!

In those times, none of us enjoys turning around and heading back home, but it is something we must do in order to complete the task we were headed out to accomplish. It is something that must be done, whether we like it or not.

Corcovado jesus
Corcovado jesus (Photo credit: @Doug88888)
Today’s Lenten Bible text talks about turning around. (@ashes_to_fire or Ashes to Fire) We are called to turn, the Biblical word is repent, from the way we were going and to make our way back home. But this returning back home does not entail us picking up something and heading back out again in the same direction that we were going, rather we are called to turn around and pick up something new and begin a new journey with Jesus.

It’s not always easy to turn around, but when it means returning home to Jesus, the turning is always worth the effort and the new journey with Jesus will be guaranteed to be an exciting one. Therefore, if you’re headed in the wrong direction, then why not turn around now before you get any farther down the road? I promise you, you will not regret it.

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