Traveling with my mom as a child, we often found ourselves lost or at least on the wrong road. She’d start the trip off fine, but frequently distracted, would miss an exit or a turn. She wouldn’t stop and turn around, even if she noticed the error right away. Her mindset was that as long as we were going in the general direction we’d be fine. Instead of a few minutes to correct our course, her approach was known to take an entire day or two of extra travel. It drove me crazy. Once I reached adulthood, she was my passenger on road trips.
Are you someplace in life you don’t want to be, feeling lost and frustrated? Perhaps you’ve been thrown off course by circumstances outside of your control, or maybe it’s because of poor decisions you’ve made. Either way, it doesn’t much matter how you got there, what’s done is done. You can’t ever go back and change the past. What matters is what you do about it today. You have the power to change direction. The future is up to you.
You can stay where you are, wandering in the wilderness of life—unhappy, angry, and, frustrated—far from your desired destination, or you can choose to make a change. The power is yours. You can determine to move forward each and every day.
Whenever you find yourself somewhere other than where your purest self should be, simply turn.
Turn away from the dark and towards the light. Turn away from the mire of self-loathing, turn back from the pit of acting out, and turn and run from the chains of temptation.
You won’t reach your destination immediately, but if you continue to take steps of faith in the right direction, you will end up on the sweet road to home.
“Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.’”
Jeremiah 6:16a ESV