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Turn Your Eyes

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19 NIV

They call them round-abouts and our community is installing them at every turn. Research has shown that a round-about decreases fatal crashes, harmful emissions and are much more cost effective to install and maintain than a 4-way stop or stop light. But I live in the South and change is not quickly embraced. Those of us who grew up stopping and starting seem to have a tough time adjusting to merely yielding and continuing.

Every morning I drive through two of these intersections at the most congested time and every morning the same thing happens. I approach with a steady stream of drivers who plow on around the circle as if they were the only ones on the road.

As I round the first turn, I see long lines backed up behind the driver who can’t quite figure out when his turn is going to come. He sits in a hypnotic stare as the cars continue to pass him by, while the lineup behind him grows anxious and weary.

Sympathetically, I move slow and motion for this timid driver to pull out in front of me. It never fails, while I’m waving him on, his eyes are glazed over and looking the other way. My window of opportunity to help him is quickly fading and then I am forced to pass on by to avoid a pile-up behind me.

We often approach life in the same manner. Our circumstances seem to almost paralyze us as we sit frozen by life. Have you come to an abrupt stop in your life? Are you bucking at the thought of yielding?

Our God longs to wipe away the anxiety and pour His refreshing spirit over us if we will only turn our eyes upon Him. We struggle when our heavenly Father gives us a way out. Every day our Father is waiting for us to turn from our fixation with this world, our cares and troubles, and simply seek His face. He is waving us on. He whispers, “Finish the race I have laid out for you, continue on. See, I have made a way. Come on, you can do it!”

Father, we know You are here. Your Word promises that You will never leave us or forsake us. We pray for our eyes to turn to You so we see the way that You have laid out before us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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