I woke up in the wrong lane this morning.
Okay, I’d theoretically shaken off the slumber in bed a couple of hours earlier…. but at some point, I got in my car fully clothed and was apparently sleep driving. I backed out of the driveway with my eyes open, but my mind was in La-la land.
I floated along in a state of semi-conscious awareness till I reached the end of the block and exited my neighborhood. I should have made a right and kept on driving, but somehow I shuffled 3 lanes to the left and got stuck in a turn lane to nowhere.
That’s when I woke up. How did I get here?
In my mental fog, I must have blindly followed the car in front of me.
Has this ever happened to you? I confess that I often end up lost, and not just when I am sitting behind the wheel of my car.
For example, next week is October. I find myself wondering “How did I end up here?” as the asphalt of months fades in my mental rear-view mirror. Wasn’t this going to be the year where I got my act together? I had goals. I even wrote them down. (Remind me to find those this weekend when I get a free minute.)
Here’s the thing, maybe like me you are feeling a bit turned around and heading in the wrong direction right now. Maybe you’ve gotten distracted and failed to stay in the right lane.
I’ve got good news for you though. God allows U-turns.
How to Make a Spiritual U-Turn
- Signal to Stop: Ask God to wake you up and help you to hit a red light in your soul when you are heading in the wrong direction (I Corinthians 15:33-34, NIV).
- Slow Down and Yield: Life is not a competitive NASCAR race. Put on the brakes and pull out the holy road manual. It’s okay if you let people whiz by you while you tune into the GPS in your Spirit. (James 3:13-17, NLT).
- Turn Against the Flow of Traffic: Not everyone on the road is heading where you are, and some drivers are on a dead-end highway. A sharp turn in the opposite direction of the oncoming traffic will require you to be brave. Don’t hesitate. Just ask Jesus to take the wheel if you need a little extra help (II Corinthians 7:8-10, MSG).
- Keep Your Eyes on the Road: Don’t get distracted. Keep moving forward on the road He’s set before you. (Proverbs 4:23-27, MSG).
No matter how long you’ve traveled in the wrong direction, you can always turn around. The light of His grace will signal the way.
Something to think about…
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