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“Turn Around, Don’t Drown”

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
Isaiah 30:21

Many times during an extremely wet spring, we saw a commercial on TV featuring the saying, “turn around, don’t drown.” Instead of going through what might look like a puddle, we were instructed to turn around because it might turn out to be much deeper than we thought.

Often times in life we get in over our head. It could be something that we had no business participating in or it could be something that we just let consume us to the point of drowning.

Turn around, don’t drown.” But God I made this commitment. I have to see it through. But God, my friends will feel let down if I do not participate in what they are doing. But, God… “Turn around, don’t drown.”

Sometimes we get so involved with what we are doing, we do not even realize that we are drowning. Yes, we may feel stressed, tired, in over our heads and still not understand that we need to stop, turn around and listen to Him.

What if, instead of overeating, I could just eat to fuel my body and stop? What if, instead of thinking that I can afford something because I have a credit card, I just put the item down and decided to wait until I had real cash money to purchase it? What if, instead of
watching a movie or TV show that I have no business watching, I picked up my Bible and read it?

If I answer these “what if” questions honestly, I might realize that obedience can keep me from “drowning” in unwanted pounds, in debt, or in guilt. Listening to His voice is the best option. He knows the best path for my life much better than I do. He sees the whole picture. He knows how deep I will find myself if I keep going.

“Turn around, don’t drown,” good advice, both literally and spiritually.

Thank you, God, for speaking to me. Help me to listen.

Susan P.

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