The Right Way, but the Wrong Stop

The light flashed and the bell sounded. The elevator doors opened and I got on. Two cheerful passengers greeted me, and we quickly engaged in conversation about subjects of mutual interest. It was a brief but pleasant elevator ride.

Soon the elevator stopped and the doors opened. I walked off, only to discover that I was on the wrong floor. I had gone three floors past my stop. I sheepishly got back on the elevator after my riding companions got off. As the elevator doors closed and I began the ride to my intended floor, I CONSIDERED what had just happened; I incorrectly assumed that those already in the elevator were going where I wanted to go. I had not even checked to see if the button for the floor I needed had been pressed. Only after I had gone three floors beyond my intended floor did I discover that while they were going in the same direction, they were not going where I needed to go. 

CONSIDER all the many ideas and beliefs floating around these days, many of them even sound appealing. They may all seem to be going in the right direction, but will they ultimately lead us to the place we really want to go? 

“‘And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:3, 5&6)

Rev. Wendell Mettey
Revised June 26, 2013

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