I Just sat down to play my guitar. It sounded okay, but I could tell it needed tuning. So I got out my little electronic tuner. I know how to tune it by ear but I’m not so great at tuning that first string and if that one is off, it’s going to sound like a horror film background song when I’m done.
Life can be like tuning a guitar. For me if I try to go it by ear I can think I’m on track but in reality I’m way off. Proverbs 14:12 says; “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Jesus prayed on the cross in Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” So it seems that we humans have the capacity to formulate our own “right” and then follow that path to our own destruction, not even realizing that we’re doing wrong or what the consequences of our actions will be.
Ever record your voice, thinking you sounded pretty good? But when you played that recording back you realized that it didn’t sound as great as you thought it did? (If you haven’t, check out the beginning episodes of American Idol where the kids auditioning think they sound like a star but instead they sound more like a cat in heat). We’re easily deceived folks.
When I was in college (I lived on an all girls floor) I was going into my dorm room and saw a young man walk out of our girls bathroom. I was appalled….I said “Ummm!?” He looked at me strange….I said “that is a girls bathroom someone could be taking a shower in there!” He still just looked at me. I rolled my eyes put the key in my door and it wouldn’t open. He stood there looking at me as I realized that my key wouldn’t work because I was on the wrong floor! I laughed and tried to shake his hand and apologize and he wouldn’t even take my hand (could you blame him)…..I laughed all the way to my room, one floor down and on the OTHER wing of the building, that’s just how lost I was….but it seemed right.
That was a silly mistake without a big consequence, but other times a situation can seem so good like a job offer or a potential mate, so good that you “know” it must be the right thing to do. But if you go to God and listen carefully you can hear His whisper “This is the way walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21) leading you to another road altogether so that your future will be sure and you won’t suffer the domino effect of a first string out of tune. I want to go to the Word of God to get my “first string” in tune so that all the other decisions I make will be in tune with what God says. I want my life to be a beautiful song.