Years ago when I had to do work related, long distance driving I had a Tom Tom navigation device. I called it my very handy dandy companion. We had a great relationship, I tell it where I need to go and “he” comes up with the safest and fastest way for me to get there. Not only that, but Tom Tom knew when I needed to make turns, estimated my arrival time, traffic delays, alternative routes, weather conditions, where I can get on the go breakfast, and so on. All the good things that our phone GPS (Girl’s Phone Sister :-) ) does now days. The feature that I appreciate the most is that these things know when I’m off track and have a very good idea how to get me back on the right road. “At Crooked St. make a U-Turn!” - Now, that’s service!
U –turn means to turn in the opposite direction of your travel in order to go back in the path from which you came. Ha, this sounds a lot like Repentance. According to Wikipedia - “In Biblical Hebrew, the idea of repentance is represented by two verbs: שוב shuv (to return) and נחם nacham (to feel sorrow). In the New Testament, the word translated as 'repentance' is the Greek word μετάνοια (metanoia), "after/behind one's mind", which is a compound word of the preposition 'meta' (after, with), and the verb 'noeo' (to perceive, to think, the result of perceiving or observing). The preposition combines the two meanings of time and change; so that the whole compound means: 'to think differently after'. Metanoia is therefore primarily an after-thought, different from the former thought; a change of mind accompanied by regret and change of conduct, "change of mind and heart", or, "change of consciousness".” Simply stated it is a deep soul conviction, choosing not to continue in a certain direction but get back on the right path.
God is the first one who thought up the idea of GPS(God’s Plan for Saints) - The Bible. May we spend time today meditating on Psalm 51, which is such a wonderfully painted picture of repentance.
Lord, may we allow the words written by David to permeate our souls. Help us to clearly see the path we are on and give us the strength to take some life changing U-turns that will bring you glory. Amen.
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
My prayer is that this will be a place where you find hope and nourishment for your soul.
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