“God is fair and just; He corrects the misdirected, sends them in the right direction...and leads them step by step. From now on every road you travel will take you to God.”
~Psalm 25:8-10 (MSG)
My husband and I are leaving for our annual visit to my homeland in Ohio which is in the heart of Amish country.
We are driving our 36 foot RV. There is one thing we know by experience is that when we drive off unfamiliar exits to go to a gas station, we have to be ready to make a U-Turn because the station is not large enough for our RV. We must be prepared to head back towards the Interstate and find another exit. This is something people who drive RV's learn very quickly.
Millie Stamm wrote about fishermen who had to make a U-Turn for their livelihood. She said, “Fishermen on the coast of Cornwall found that they could not make an adequate income from fishing, so they supplemented it by growing flowers, such as narcissus, daffodils, and anemones, for which their country is famous.” What a dramatic U-Turn they made in their lives by going from fishermen to growing flowers!
The chosen twelve Disciples were all working various occupations, and they made a sharp U-Turn when Jesus asked each one to follow Him. Four of the twelve were: Matthew, who was a Roman tax collector; Simon, also called Peter, was a commercial fisherman; James, the son of Zebedee, was the elder brother of John, worked in partnership with his family and was mending the nets when Jesus called him; and John, the son of Zebedee, and the younger brother of James, later received the honor of being known as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”. They willingly left their livelihood and followed Jesus, traveling with Him during His ministry.
How many of you have found it necessary to make a U-Turn in your life while traveling down a road? Many people think only certain people are able to change occupations or make a U-Turn to follow Jesus, but this is untrue.
A footnote in one of my Bibles reads that we can see from the example of the Disciples that the attitude of Jesus was He can use anyone, no matter how inconsequential he or she thinks they are. Always keep in mind that He uses people, just like you and me, to do His work.
Your U-Turn might appear to you to be very difficult. Psalm 18:30-31 (MSG) says, “What a God! His road stretches straight and smooth. Every God-direction is road-tested. Everyone who runs toward Him makes it. Is there any god like GOD?”
Lord God, thank You for inviting us to follow You. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington