U-turn or Detour?
We make countless choices every day, evaluating the available options and weighing the consequences of each decision. Some choices are trivial, and we can do it without much thought, knowing that the consequences of a wrong choice are easily corrected, or another opportunity will come around again. Some choices, on the other hand, carry long-lasting impacts on our lives eg. choosing a life partner, career path, or a home, etc. Significant decisions carry serious consequences if the wrong choice is made. When faced with a mistake, people handle it differently. Some may choose to start over and correct the mistake entirely, while others may try to conceal it and carry on. When I first learn how to knit and found I had missed a few stitches a few rows back, I will unwind the stitches all the way until I got back to the place where the mistake occurred and start again from there. My sister, on the other hand, would patch up or cover up the mistake as best as she can and carry on knitting and no one would be the wiser. Similarly, when taking a wrong turn while driving, sometimes we have the option to turn around, while other time we must take a detour and find an alternative route. In Numbers 13 & 14, Moses sent out 12 spies to go into the Promised Land. 10 spies came back with reports of doom and gloom when they compare the giants in the land to themselves. Joshua and Caleb, compared the giants to their almighty God and had faith that they can conquer the land. The people chose to believe the ten spies and the consequence of that choice was death and a set back by 40 years. When the people realised they had made a wrong choice, they repented and tried to return to the original plan, ie they made a U-Turn, but this option was no longer available. God was not with them anymore and they were defeated when they tried to go back to the original plan. The only option available to them was to continue with God on the detour. Similarly, some choices cannot be undone, and we must trust the Lord to guide us on the detour that follows. I believe all of us had at one time or other, make choices that we regretted later. How we wish we could turn the clock back and start again. I noticed that at the beginning of each year, when people are being interviewed for various reasons, there seemed to be lots of regrets for choices they had made the previous year. Many sentences of “if only..”, or “how I wish..”. If that is you, take heart. Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. Despite our mistakes and poor choices, we can find comfort in knowing that ALL things will work out for our good if we continue loving Him and walking in His will.There might be a few detours along the way but stick close to Him and He will bring you safely to your Promised Land. If you are facing any significant decisions in life, ask our Heavenly Father to give you the wisdom and He will be all too happy to do so. James 1: 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. One of the most significant decisions you will ever make in your life is accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour. This single decision alone will alter the trajectory of your life for all eternity. You will belong to the most powerful family on heaven and earth. My prayer for you, dear reader, is that you may experience the fullness of life that only Jesus Christ can offer.
Bless you in Jesus’s name!