With Yogi Berra’s passing a few days ago, I am reminded of a few of his infamous quotes, some of which I have recently used in my Sunday night teaching time. Many of the quotes that are attributed to Yogi did not actually originate with Yogi. You might remember his book titled The Yogi Book, I Didn’t Really Say Everything I Said. I would really like to use that excuse on occasion; but most generally, I can’t remember what I have said!
Two of my favorites, because they seem to speak to my daily walk, are:
“You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going because you might not get there”, and
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
I also like his traveling advice,
“I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.” (empyrean.ca/words/quotes/yogi)
As a pastor, some of that comes as sage advice; and the humor makes it more acceptable because it offers a commentary of some of my decisions and, perhaps, my leadership! Others might use different words to describe it, but Yogi and I saw eye to eye on many things, particularly because he was about my height!
There are some “other” words that I know and hold much more dear and credible than those of Yogi. They are found in God’s Word. While I don’t have room for all of them (I would have to write a book titled: “Everything God said, He Said”), one of my favorite passages that sustains and gives direction is found in Isaiah 43:1-3a.
“Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through the deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (NLT)
While Yogi’s words may or may not always be truth or words you can count on, God’s Word was, is, and will always be truth with a relevant application for life right where we are living it!
So, when you come to a fork in the road, take the RIGHT ROAD…by always relying on the Word of God.