So many times we make up in our minds what our goals are and the path we need to take to get there. If we find ourselves off track traveling down a highway and we make a wrong turn, we can either get off at the next exit and turn around or catch the next freeway that intersects our way. If in case of emergency, a.k.a. God intervenes, He uses the "for emergency vehicles only" turnaround. We get off and turn around when we realize our wrongs and want to get them right.
When we are living on a turnpike, there is no way to turn around. You have to go to the next major city and make a turn around. You are forced to "deal with the consequences" and travel down the path until you have a way out. You have to pay the tolls you pass through, you have to spend your time..and your resources.
If you have had your "come to Jesus" inital meeting, the highway of your life has Heaven at the end but if you get sidetracked and start leading to Hell, you can take a detour to get to where you belong. But if you are on a turnpike and headed for Hell, make that next exit at the next town, take a rest break to get yourself together and get back on the turnpike headed the right direction. On a turnpike, we become desensitized to our surroundings because it's the same old scenery...nothing changes....no exits, rest stops.....nothing. If our lifestyle isn't right we become so desensitized not realizing that we started off on a higway, got off on the turnpike and are halfway to the wrong destination. We ignore the traffic on the other side and if we're headed to Hell we don't want to be calloused to our surroundings and not see that we need to change.
Remember, take the highway....the turnpike may be the most direct route...but it may not get you to where you want to go...with no way out.