God Turned Me Around

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I was walking in one direction. God wanted me to go the other way. He spoke to me. I heard Him so clearly. He told me to turn around because the woman I had just walked by, the one who had smiled at me as I passed, needed prayer. So He turned me around.
My body turned around just about as quickly as He spoke to me. Oftentimes, I reason and debate. Oftentimes, I argue or question whether He has spoken to me. But I long to be more obedient – and more quickly. This time, I turned around without a grand debate. And the confirmation came quickly that the Lord had spoken, and that it was He who had turned me around.

“Can I pray for you?” I asked the woman as she sat alone outside her workplace taking a break. She seemed somewhat taken aback, to say the least. I asked her again. Then, she agreed.

I asked her how I could pray. I was a total stranger to her, but it turned out she was a sister in the Lord. She definitely needed prayer. And I prayed. I knelt down next to her as if this were the most natural, commonplace occurrence in the world around us – to turn clear around on the street in answer to the Lords’ voice, and to kneel down with a heart full of compassion and pray for a stranger taking a work break.

When I finished, she prayed for me. Then, she told me I was an angel. But I am not. I am merely one of God’s kids. I suppose that is not the whole of it. I am one of God’s kids whose life He has turned around through the years by His Holy Spirit, and by His Word. And I am one of His kids whom He turned around as I was walking in one direction with my own agenda. But God had, and has, His agenda all along.

God knew what this woman needed, and He knew He needed to turn me around to meet her need. So He did.

“I didn’t even see you get here,” the woman told me before I left. My answer was simple. “I was walking the other way, and God turned me around.”

What she didn’t know is that not so very many years ago, I was walking the other way – such a long ways away from the Lord. And He introduced Himself, and He turned me around.

Now, it is not such an uncommon thing, as I pour out my heart to Him in love for Him and passion to share Him with a lost and dying world, that He turns me around from the direction I am headed and uses me to help another one of His kids as He pours out His magnificent heart – and extends His invitation to turn this world around.

Is He calling you to turn around?

Dear God, it is our choice, isn’t it? You call us to turn around, but we have to make the decision. Thank you for turning my life around, and thank you for not stopping when I finished my first turn – turning to you for the first time. It’s been a long, slow journey of lots of turning for me, Lord. I have fallen so many times, daily, often, and yet I keep getting up. And you never give up on me. We are turning in a dance, you and I, aren’t we? So much turning. I could get dizzy for all the times I’ve walked the wrong way, and then turned once again to you. But it’s worth it spinning in your arms, in your embrace, in your undying love. Lord, thank you for turning me around, to you, not merely so I can reap the rewards of being loved by you, of following you. Thank you for turning me around, daily, as often as you like, so I can say I love you and thank you by obeying your command to love you and to love others. Thank you, Lord, for all this turning. I love you, dear Father. Amen!

Luk 22:31  “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
Luk 22:32  But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” KJV Bible

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