“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25
Have you ever been lost? Maybe you wondered how you would ever get back to where you needed to be. I have found myself in this situation many times.
I have to be honest with you; I am the world’s worst at getting turned around and losing my way. I jokingly tell my husband that when God made me He forgot to give me a sense of direction. Seriously though, I truly am awful at finding my way around any place with which I am not familiar. Thank God that He blessed me with a husband who can seemingly never get lost. I jokingly call him my human GPS.
When I was a little girl my family and I traveled a lot. On one trip in particular we were traveling in two separate vehicles. One evening we had stopped to eat supper. As we left I chose to ride with my mom while my brother rode with my dad. When my mom and I got in our vehicle to leave she had to help me get my seat belt buckled. When she looked up, somehow she had gotten separated from my dad and my brother. We pulled out of the driveway, in the direction we thought my dad had gone, but soon discovered that we were lost. I can remember sitting in our vehicle on the side of the road as my mom tried to figure out how to get back to where we needed to be. Soon we were blessed to have a cop stop and help direct us back to where we had come from. Soon we were reunited with my dad and brother and we were on our way again.
Many times in our Christian walk we can find ourselves in this same situation. Bad choices, a lack of faith, not listening to God’s guidance, falling away from God’s Word- all of these things can lead us down the wrong road.
What are we to do when we find ourselves here? The answer is simple: Stop and turn around. God will meet you there. I am reminded of the story of the two thieves that were crucified with Jesus. We are not told what either of them had done to end up where they were, but we can be assured of one thing- bad choices played a part in it. I am sure one wrong turn led to another and then another until they found themselves hanging there, facing certain death. The difference between the two men is this: one man made the decision to turn around and follow Jesus, even at the very end of his life. He was told by Jesus, “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
You see, Jesus was willing to meet him right where he was. He had nothing to offer Jesus. He could not offer to do great and mighty works for the Lord. He could not offer to repay all the wrongs that he had committed. His choices had led him to the end of his life. But there, in those very last moments, he made the best decision he had ever made in his life. He turned around and found Jesus waiting for him, just as he was.
Friends, it is never to late to turn around. Please do not wait until you find yourself where this thief found himself. We are never promised tomorrow. However, if you find that you are headed in the wrong direction, even if you have gone down this same road time and time again, simply turn around. Jesus is waiting right there for you. He will take you by the hand and lead you in the right direction. He will put you back on the right path and He will walk with you.
Please remember this today: It is never too late for a you-turn.