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In John Steinbeck’s story “The Wayward Bus” a dilapidated old bus takes a cross country shortcut on its journey to Los Angeles, and gets stuck in the mud. While the drivers go for assistance, the passengers take refuge in a cave.

It is a curious company of people and it is obvious that the author is attempting to get across the point that these people are lost spiritually as well as literally. As they enter into this cave, the author calls the reader’s attention to the fact that as they enter they must pass a word that has been scrawled with paint over the entrance.

The word is “repent”. Although Steinbeck calls that to the reader’s attention it is interesting that none of the passengers pay any attention to it whatsoever.

All too often this is our story. Yet, John the Baptist calls upon us to take our sinning seriously. Why? Because God does? Repentance is not just changing our minds, or feeling sorry for something that we have done, or even making bold resolves that we will never participate in certain conduct again. A God Notice

Instead, repentance means to turn around and go in another direction. What John the Baptist wanted his audience to hear was: Turn your life toward this one called the Messiah. This is not negative or down-faced. Rather, it breaks the chains of oppression and death that hold us back.

Thanks to Brett Blair for these words.

Right now in your life, where do you need to turn around and go in another direction?

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