At the risk of boasting, I have to admit that I’m pretty good at the video game Mario Kart. True, my children beat me more than I beat them, but often not by more than a whisker. When I do lose, it’s often because my character got turned around on the track and is driving full speed in the wrong direction. At that point a big, red U-turn arrow pops up on the screen to get my attention.
Sometimes we need a big U-turn arrow to pop up in our own lives. We need it when we’re heading down a self-destructive path—drinking too much, involving ourselves emotionally with someone who’s married, cutting corners at work, or getting stuck in negative emotional habits. At other times there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with the road we’re on, but it’s just not the right one for us. We may be pursuing a job that won’t suit us, a relationship that won’t work, a plan for our lives that will keep us from serving God as he wants. At such times, the U-turn arrow might take various forms—circumstances that block the path ahead, a nagging feeling that something isn’t right, a Bible passage that keeps coming to mind, a word from friends. If we heed the signs and turn around, we will likely save ourselves and others a lot of grief. We will also become happier and more peaceful because we will be better aligned with God’s will for our lives.
If you feel your life has gotten off track in some way, take heart. God does allow U-turns, chances to make a course correction when doing so will lead you closer to him. More