“Learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. ‘Come now, and let us reason together, ‘says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool’” (Isaiah 1:17,18).
In High School we all had to take a class in Keyboarding and Data Processing. In this class they taught us to write texts very quickly using a computer keyboard, and we practiced writing all sorts of documents, correspondence of different kinds, and other such exercises. The program we followed was quite tedious and very strict; it was designed to have us practice speed and accuracy. The objective was to write the text in just a few seconds without looking at the keyboard. The problem was that the reports went directly to the teacher, and she could see how many mistakes we had made. In other words, we could hand in a perfectly written text, but she would still know how many times we had eased or changed things.
Once the teacher called me to her desk to tell me that I had made too many mistakes to pass the exercise, l remember that it was because l had been looking at the keyboard instead of the screen; I had started off on the wrong key and from there everything went wrong. When I looked up at the screen, I realized what I had done. I had to erase entire paragraphs and retype the text, and that is why I had so many errors.
Mand times we focus on the keyboard, on whatever is closest to us, and it looks like we are doing great. We forget to check what the real result is, as far as what is truly important.
Each key needs to be pressed in the right order, and the order the letters are typed in makes all the difference on the screen.
Maybe sometimes in your life you feel like you got started with the wrong foot or that there are decisions you made early on that have taken you down the wrong path. lt is true that we may make many mistakes; but there is Someone who always knows what really happened.
The good news is that we can start over again. God calls us aside, He points out our situation to us, He offers us forgiveness, and He gives us a new, clean sheet of paper to work with. He invites us to do things correctly, so the right result will show up on the screen.
Go to Him today and ask Him to help you start over, this time with the letters in the right order.