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When we talk about turning, we usually mean making a change of some sort, sometimes it means an epic change.  Sometimes we need to turn around and look at something to get our attention for the first time. It’s another way of saying, Pay attention!

When we talk about turning, we usually mean making a change of some sort, sometimes it means an epic change. Click To Tweet

At others, we need to stop in our tracks and turn in the opposite direction we are going! In order to do that, we have to acknowledge we are lost. We have totally lost our way. The direction we are going is not the right one. It will not get us where we need to go. We need to stop and turn around. It is a drastic move. Almost everything we have known must change or we are headed for disaster!

On occasion, we have more subtle changes that need to happen. At least they feel more subtle at the time. We do need to change direction, but it may not need to be completely opposite from our current direction. We may be headed the right direction in the sense that we need to go north. But we may be headed northeast and we need to go northwest.    stop

There are at least 3 kinds of turning that can happen: turn around (pay attention!), turn in opposite direction or turn in slightly different direction (recalibrate). All take wisdom. All take listening. Click To Tweet

If we make the change now, it will not feel very drastic. But the more hours we wait, the more drastic the change. It will involve much more uprooting of habits that are much more entrenched. If we are driving from Florida north, we will end up in Philadelphia instead of St. Louis. The difference between those two is huge. Correcting the change will take a lot of extra driving. But the correction when we were in Florida would be a simple one.

Of course, that is a simple illustration for a complex life lesson. We need to listen to GOD’s Spirit as He speaks to us and guides us through His Word and fellow wise Christians who know us well.

Do you need to turn?

Which kind of turn do you need to make?

But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is freedom.

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,
are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

II Corinthians 3:16-18