She looks over at me at 35,000 feet with eyes wide and whispers, “No turning back now.” Then she flashes that knowing grin that says, “Yep, no turning back now and I’m glad.” She is excited and apprehensive all at the same time, looking forward to what’s ahead but almost wishing there really was a way to turn back. She says this almost as a dare, like she’s secretly watching to see what I do with her words.
And I smile and blink back tears and try to swallow past the lump in my throat, because her words are about so much more than being on a jet plane with no way to get off or to turn it around. What will we see and learn that we can never undo? What will we do with what we see and learn? Will we be responsible with those things?
What we hold in our hands and in our hearts are precious gifts from God. What He brings across our path on the journey is not accidental. What will we do with them? Surely they are gifts given to us almost as a dare, God watching to see what we will do with them.
Does God have you on a journey in which there is no turning back? Are you allowing Him to sweep you along on the currents, letting Him take you where He will? Are you holding your gifts, and the knowledge and sight He has given you, with open hands? Are you willing to say yes to the trajectory He has you on? Are you willing to say yes to no turning back now? Even if it changes your life and you can never go back to what you once didn’t know? Even if the territory is unknown and unfamiliar and uncomfortable?
I pray that we will never want to go back! I pray that the journey is so exciting and enriching that we will never want to not know what we now know. I pray that not one of us will be unchanged by the journey.
I pray with Isaiah that we will
“loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke”.
Will it not change us to so that we…
“share [y]our food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”
“Then your light will break forth like the dawn…”
No turning back now… and I’m glad.