Maybe it’s because we are starting a new series at church called YouTurn but Matt Maher’s song Turn Around has come to mind a few different times this week. And, it came to mind again this morning while I was reading the reminders in Proverbs 4 about the importance of seeking wisdom and understanding…to not allow our hearts to wander off and turn away.
I need these reminders on a regular basis. My heart is prone to wander and easily distracted. Whenever I come across scripture that warns us about turning away, it resonates with me. I remember that season, Lord, when wandering far from You was a way of life. I remember stubbornly turning down the volume and allowing my steps to journey wherever they pleased. I remember where that decision took me. I remember, Lord. I never want to end up there again.
I also remember that one lie that kept me heading in the wrong direction. It’s too late. You made your bed. Now you have to lie in it. Those were the words that played like a broken record in my heart and in my brain. Those were the words that taunted me like a school yard bully. Until, one day, I got sick and tired of listening to the bully’s words and decided to listen to Truth instead. It’s never too late. You have a choice. You can stop running. You can turn around. You can come home.
A few years ago, I found this great quote from Seth Godin. “If you think you have no choice but to do what you do now, you’ve already made a serious error.” Seth Godin
It’s a beautiful moment when we realize we always have a choice. That moment is eye-opening and packed with healing…because, in that moment, we discover a Savior who never leaves His post. The battle is His and victory has already been achieved. We discover a Savior who is infinitely bigger than our stubborn hearts and prideful choices. He illuminates the darkness, offers clarity and peace in the midst of chaos, and guides our footsteps home.
“You don’t have to take the broken road. You can turn around and come back home.”