In the 1929 Rose Bowl, All-American center Roy Riegels picked up a fumble and ran 30 yards – in the wrong direction. The play contributed to an 8-7 loss by California to Georgia Tech. Looking back, Riegels described the play: “I was running toward the sidelines when I picked up the ball. I started to turn to my left toward Tech’s goal. Somebody shoved me and I bounded right off into a tackler. In pivoting to get away from him, I completely lost my bearings.”
Until his death 64 years later, Roy was known as “Wrong Way Riegels.”
In recovery, direction beats destination. The road to recovery never ends, so don’t even think about a finish line. Think direction. Think next step. Think next right decision.
Learn to recognize the voice of God as he directs you. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’” (Isaiah 30:21).
Recovery Step: Listen for the voice of God, then take one step in the right direction.