If you live in Kansas or Oklahoma, you’re probably familiar with the Cimarron Turnpike, a toll road in north-central Oklahoma. The route travels 67 miles, from an interchange with I-35 north of Perry, to Westport, just west of Tulsa. Before the Pikepass and K-tags came along, it was common knowledge that if you wanted to go to Tulsa, you needed to load up with some quarters to pay the toll. Every few miles you had to throw a bunch of quarters in the big bowl that looked like a wishing well.
Of course, times have changed and the “wishing wells” are gone. One thing about the Cimarron has stayed the same, however… you still cannot make a U-turn! Not long ago, we made a wrong turn off of I-35 and started heading west toward Tulsa instead of east toward Enid. Whoops! We drove and drove… finally we came to a toll booth. We had to pay a toll just to get to the exit, which was a stone’s throw to the west. We did get turned around to head in the right direction.
Sometimes in our Christian walk, we veer off course and need to ask the Lord to forgive us and help us make a U-turn to get back on track. It’s really up to us how long we drive in the wrong direction. God does give us freewill because He loves us. Today I’m so very thankful that God still allows U-turns to His children when we get off track.
Please join me in a prayer of thanks for U-turns:Another name for a U-turn is a do-over, as Lucinda reminds us:I wish for you the courage to turn around with God’s help. I wish for you the joy and peace that God can give when we’re assured we’re on the path He planned for us to be on. I wish for you laughter and freedom as you live for Christ alone. 🙂