To turn something is to move it so that it is in a different position in relation to its surroundings or its previous position. I can move my eyes without turning my head but I cannot turn my head without my eyes being moved in the direction to which I have turned my head. And when I turn my head, I have a different perspective than I had when my head (and my eyes) were in their previous position. How long does it take before the change in position and perspective begin to affect my life in serious ways? Sometimes, it does not take very long. For example, while driving, turning my head (and my eyes) for a few seconds from looking straight ahead, to reach for something in my passenger seat, can cause my car to begin drifting into oncoming traffic, or crash into the back of a vehicle that had stopped suddenly in front of me. (End of five minutes).
Sometimes, however, the impact of the change in position and perspective, takes longer to be noticed. Decades ago, I heard a message titled, “The deceptiveness of the gradual.” I have heard at least hundreds of messages since I heard, “The deceptiveness of the gradual,” and have forgotten many, but I remember still the sobering lesson of that message. The gist of it is, turning away from God is a process that, for most, begins gradually. As I reflect on that lesson now, I am reminded that my desire for God, my commitment to Him, is a fire that requires constant, intentional tending. It cannot be left to chance or even convenience.
I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Turn.” The definition of “turn” used in this post is from oxforddictionaries.com.