I watched the other day as a big pickup turned the wrong way up Hampshire. Just as I was thinking, “That’s the wrong way on a one-way.” He came to the same realization. He had a choice at that moment. He could turn that big vehicle around and go the right direction, or, he could hope for the best and head on to the end of the street. He chose the latter. Fortunately for him and others, no cars came while he did so.
Just a few hours ago the police reported the deaths of two people driving the wrong way on the interstate. Their vehicles collided head-on on the interstate. What seems odd about that tragedy is that the errant car had driven for 3 miles before the accident. Surely there had to have been signs and indications that something was wrong. Unfortunately for two grieving families, any of those warnings went unheeded.
What the mistaken driver needed to was was to turn around. He needed to go in the right direction. He needed to do whatever was necessary to change directions. Biblically speaking, he needed to repent, or in other words, to have a change of mind that would lead to a change of behavior. Tragically, he didn’t, and the worse case scenario happened. He and his victim were not as fortunate as the man on Hampshire.
While we don’t see the consequences nearly so quickly and often not so drastically, the consequences are just as tragic when the issues are spiritual. There are disastrous crashes in our personal lives as well. We head the wrong way. We fail to head the warnings. We crash. And often people beyond ourselves are hurt. Sometimes impacted for all eternity.
When we hear God call us to turn around…that’s exactly what we should do.