by Shelly Weiss
I recently visited Tallahassee after months of being away. Although I know that city better than Orlando, I found myself lost en route to a friend’s house. It seems they had rerouted one of the main roads, which I didn’t realize until I was in unfamiliar territory. Sure, there were signs to help navigate the construction, but I ignored the signs since I had traveled the road so many times before.
This same thing has happened in my walk with Christ. Ignoring detour signs for the sake of a ‘know it all’ self-reliance, I ended up in a dead end pit. “How did I get back here?” I question until I look back on the numerous signs I disregarded.
Filled with shame and regret, I return to the Father… You know that “thing” I said I would never do again? You see I have done it again.
Amazingly, when we sincerely repent, He does His “thing” again and again…with mercy, compassion, and longing, He takes us back.
'Lord, you punished me, and I have learned my lesson. I was like a calf that had never been trained. Take me back so that I may come back. You truly are the Lord my God. 19 Lord, after I wandered away from you, I changed my heart and life. After I understood, I beat my breast with sorrow. I was ashamed and disgraced, because I suffered for the foolish things I did when I was young.' 20 "You know that Israel is my dear son, The child I love. Yes, I often speak against Israel, but I still remember him, I love him very much, and I want to comfort him," says the Lord. – Jeremiah 31:18-20 NCV
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