I am infamous with family and friends for going the wrong way. Being directionally challenged causes me to enter a store in the mall (which I avoid like the plague lately), come out and go right back the way I came. When I start to notice that I’ve already seen that store, and that one, and that one, too…I simply turn around. I’ve gotten very good at it. As a child, Mom must have asked me a hundred times as we sat at the end of our driveway, “Thea, which way do we turn to go to Lebanon,” or “Thea, which way do we turn to go to Albany?” Those two choices puzzled me until I finally realized that Lebanon starts with an “L” and so does “left.” With this helpful mnemonic tool, I could look at my hands and know whether to turn left for Lebanon or right for that other town. Admittedly, I need serious help.
Lately God pointed out that my thinking on one subject kept turning in exactly the wrong direction, too, time after time. Wrong thinking really brings me down in no time flat, especially when it concerns someone I love. Then God gave me the help needed as I meditated on the verse posted on the left side of my facebook page. It says, “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes” Psalm 118:8,9 (NASB). This truth turned my thinking around and Psalm 30:11,12 came alive. Truly, “You turned my wailing into dancing, you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD, my God, I will give you thanks forever” (NIV).
I find I must continually go take refuge in the LORD so my heart can sing and give thanks to my God. Some things may never come naturally, but thankfully we can always simply turn around.