“Turn around, Mom!”

My eyes had been glued to the two-lane road ahead of me for some time. The sound of my daughter’s voice gave me enough of a startle to realize my fingers had become stiff around the steering wheel. “What? What is it?” I quickly looked in my rear and side mirrors, checking for any sign of what I might have missed.

“There was a Christmas tree farm back there. Did you see it? There was one up front beside two big ones. It was the smallest Christmas tree I’ve ever seen. Just an upright stick with two tiny branches. You have to turn around! I want you to see it.”

I hadn’t seen it. In fact, I missed the entire farm. How was that possible? Do I turn around on this busy two-way road, or do I just tell my daughter “that’s great, honey” and keep going?

I was tired of being on the road, and I wanted to get us safely to where we were headed. Even still, I stretched my fingers upon the steering wheel, waited until I found a safe inlet and turned around.

I made a beeline for the tree farm… in the opposite direction I originally planned. But was it the wrong direction?

I got to see the tiniest Christmas tree in the existence of mankind (according to my daughter) thanks to a young girl who wanted to show me something and an older girl who was willing to go along for the adventure. I must say, it was the best direction I’ve gone all week.

Sometimes God does to us this exact thing: He startles us, taking our eyes off our everyday routine and turns our heads around. (Sometimes He leaves us with our heads spinning.) He asks us to stretch ourselves. Did you see me? There I was…right back there. Do you see the opportunity I am putting here for you? I want you to trust me. Do you see how I want to bless you through this struggle? I want you to believe me. Do you see the growth you are making? It may look small, but your seed of faith is taking root. Come, I want you to look closer.

“What? What is it?” we ask God, often too busy to wait for an answer. We are a tired people. Often all we want to do at the end of the day is get safely home to our family. And, friends, this is exactly what Jesus wants for you as well: “For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Romans 10:13). He wants you to be saved and safe for all eternity.

If you are living outside of His will, turn around. “For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). There is no hope of effectively continuing the road without Jesus. You will never arrive at the destination of eternal peace and unconditional love apart from Christ. How often do we miss opportunities to share time with Christ because we are so busy devoting time to temporary treasures, prideful pleasures, and worldly worries?

May we see opportunity in the detours, trust God to answer us when we call, and take the time to listen for His reply.

SGLY, dear reader.

(Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian author and opinion columnist. You can find her newly released books, “H.E.R.O. Faith” and “Bad Disciples” on Amazon. To submit feedback on SGLY, please contact news@amtrib. com.