Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out. (Acts 3:19 NRSV)
Dan Wakefield grew up in the church but left it as an adult. He had been away from the church for over twenty years when he began to feel the tug on his heart. It was no sudden thing. It was a series of events. It seemed to come naturally. Interestingly it was while he was looking at fish that he first felt this tug.

At the New England Aquarium Dan gazed at the brilliant colors of the small tropical fish. He realized at that moment that God was the genius behind the fish. He marveled at their brilliant colors. What really caught his eye were flashlight fish that blinked on and off. Dan wondered how "anyone could think that all this was the result of some chain of accidental explosions!" Dan claims that if just five years before someone had approached him with this argument he would have dismissed it without a second thought.

He wonders if what he experienced beginning with those fish was what others call conversion? No voice came out of the sky. No thunderclap struck nearby. Later while attending church his pastor explained that the literal meaning of conversion is "turning." That made sense to Dan. It was as if he'd been walking in one direction and then in response to God's call, he turned.

Dear God, help me to turn to your ways in this wonderful day. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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