I lived a short time in Tennessee, a time of waiting to hear God’s voice. While waiting, Mr. Bill taught me turn wood. His past time he shared with me while I pasted the time of waiting. Standing in the shop smelling sweet cedar and covered in sawdust and potential beauty. The fence post ragged and old placed on the lathe. The spinning begins and the tools dig into the wood. Pieces fly off in every direction. Scraps of wood quickly cover the floor. For the wood, everything is spinning. Rapidly spinning out of control. But the wood is secured in the lathe as it turns. The creator holds the tools guiding the wood. The creator controls the spinning and digs gently at the wood. When the spinning, turning, cutting stops, the smooth wood is exposed. The turning removed the ugly, the jagged, leaving only the smooth, sweet, beautiful interior. The creator is covered in the mess, but the wood has been turned into the shape intended. The Creator turns ugly to beautiful, turns water to wine, death to life. The Creator turns our heart. Turning our hearts spins us rapidly out of control, but the Creator holds our hearts in secure position while the jagged pieces fling off.

Let us be turned. And returned.

And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see the is great sight, why the bush has not burned.” When the Lord saw the he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses!”

The bush was on fire, Moses responded by turning to see if the Lord was in the bush. Moses was waiting to hear God’s voice many years guiding sheep in the desert. Moses was ready and he turned. When he turned the Lord called out to him. What if Moses did not turn to see the bush? What if he tried to keep his sheep away from the fire? How much do I miss when I don’t turn aside? Do I miss the opportunity to hear the Lord’s voice?

Let me turn.

Repentance: to change directions; to turn
Let me turn and be turned and returned.

“For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you as he took delight in your fathers, when you obey the voice of the Lord , to keep the commandments and statues written in the book of the law, and when you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. But the Word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in you heart, so that you can do it.” duet 30

“Come let us return to the Lord: for he has torn us that he might heal us: After two days He will revive us and on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord.” hosea 6

Let us return to the One who turns us.