The age-old question of WHAT TO DO? plagues each of us from time to time. The "if" attached to it begs a decision. Which direction do we turn to provide the desired outcome?
Our oldest child was now a licensed driver and the time had come for her to make a 20-mile trek of freeway driving to coach's school to meet us - solo! One point in this journey required a freeway interchange involving an overpass. Going over meant heading toward the destination while going under led away from it. Over - under??? WHAT TO DO?
Being a new driver she consulted with Coach who advised her to "go under" instead of "go over" which she did ending up in the opposite direction of the school. With no cell phones or GPS equipment to guide her and after a half hour of not seeing the town or street listed on the freeway signs, she finally stopped to ask for directions. She arrived at her desired destination an hour late and to a set of very concerned parents who were also asking the question WHAT TO DO?!
We may pretend to know the way while we ponder the WHAT TO DO? question. This lack of clarity usually gives in to whatever instinct prevails.
"Acting was a way out at first. A way out of not knowing what to do." Harrison Ford
As a sportmom, I have witnessed games in which the WHAT TO DO? question has resulted in goals made for an opponent. It is a frustrating experience for everyone - spectator, parent, coach and team member. It can also be amusing - especially to the opposing team.
The embarrassment and ultimate impact that results from a wrong-turn decision can be pivotal to a driver, a player and for us as we approach the WHAT TO DO? junctures in life.
Pilate, governor or the Roman Empire and the procurator at Jesus' trial, faced the WHAT TO DO? question. He asked ...
“What should I do with Jesus, the one called the Christ?” Matthew 27:22
Then, after much travail, he gave in to the people's will to crucify Jesus even though his heart seemed to tell him otherwise.
...he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” Matthew 27:24 NIV
This same WHAT TO DO? question is ours to make regarding Jesus, the Christ. We can choose to be His followers or we can reject Him and head down another path. Which will lead us to our desired destination?
As the Easter season approaches, I am once again reminded of my answer to the lingering question WHAT TO DO? with Jesus? It remains: I believe that He is the Son of God who died in my place and for my sin, who rose from the dead and lives with His Father in heaven preparing a place for me...my desired outcome!
"My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place foryou? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." John 14:2 & 3
Blessings . . . as you live out the WHAT TO DO? question of Jesus.
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