I hate back-tracking! If I forget something at home, 9 times out of 10, I’ll leave it simply because I hate going back. Unless it’s my phone, I’ll go back for that because THAT is important of course. I’m not the only one. Yesterday morning, Walt left his glasses in our 3rd floor condo and didn’t remember until we were in the car. I asked if he wanted to go back and get them but he said no.
There’s nothing more irritating than making a wrong turn or realizing you’ve gone past your destination and you have to go back. Sometimes in life we go after the wrong things or say something we shouldn’t have and have to go back and make it right. It would be nice if we’d think first, or obey that still small voice inside of us that’s trying to keep us straight.
God, examine me and know my mind. Test me and know all my worries. Make sure that I am not going the wrong way. Lead me on the path that has always been right. Psalm 139:23-24
The path that has always been right. Which path is that? Jesus talked about it in Matthew 7:13-14, “You can enter true life only through the narrow gate. The gate to hell is very wide, and there is plenty of room on the road that leads there. Many people go that way. But the gate that opens the way to true life is narrow. And the road that leads there is hard to follow. Only a few people find it.”
It’s never easy to do the right thing when everyone else is doing wrong. It’s hard to stand out in a crowd, to be the only one willing to stand up for what’s right. But I’d rather be on the path going after God than away from Him. I’d rather be alone now than alone after I die.
Father, if I’m off even a little now, I’ll be off a lot by the time I get to my destination so make those course corrections now. I don’t like back-tracking, but I’d much rather do it now than when I get so far from you that I don’t recognize where I am and can’t find my way back. I would rather spend time alone with you, in your presence than be surrounded by many doing empty things. You are my compass, leading and guiding me into all truth. Surround me today and keep me on course that I may be useful for your kingdom. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen