The other night I walked into a beautiful sunset. I realized that had I been walking the other way I would have totally missed the beauty. Only due to other circumstances was I even walking....I would normally have been driving and not paying as much attention to the sky.
I was reminded of a time I was looking for a restaurant with a friend. We kept driving around the block looking on one side of the road. When we FINALLY found it, it was because we looked on the other side of the road.
I went on a bus trip with my 6th grader to Chicago. I told the kids I was sitting by they would know we were in Gary, Indiana when they saw lots of factories. One girl was facing me and she said she didn't see any factories. Another kid (facing the other way) told her it was because they were behind her. She needed to turn around to see them.
When my nephew was younger, I took him to a fast food place and he was in a big hurry to get to the play land. We had not even ordered yet! I told him to turn around. He stopped, did a complete circle....and kept going. A lady watching remarked, "He did what you asked him!" Yes, he did. ;)
Isaiah 30:21 (NIV) 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."
I have been thinking about this for awhile and then today I read the above verse and it clicked. So many times I am too busy looking for what I think I need to see that I forget that it may be on another side....or right in front of me. I need to turn around if necessary and definitely look up.
The verse above is under the heading "Woe to the Obstinate Nation". While this was written for the nation in its time, it also applies today to our nation. The chapter discusses doing things on their own and looking for help in the wrong places.
May we always be willing to turn around if necessary and rely on the voice behind us instead of our own.