LOOKING BACK AND NEW CHAPTERS
“Don’t be afraid to keep moving on For what was before, now has gone God wants to accomplish so much more But we need to move forward in the Lord” M.S.Lowndes
ISAIAH 43:18-19 (NIV) Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Dear Reader, Looking back will only cause you to stumble and fall. If you are carrying around regrets and sorrows that keep your focus on the past, you are missing your present and future! You will not have your eyes on the things God is trying to give you on a daily basis. I’m talking about missed blessings!! If your eyes are always looking back, you are blind to the things before you….. and you are missing out big time!
In addition to missing blessings, you are in great peril of falling or at least stumbling when your eyes are not facing forward. How can you possibly see the dangers in front of you when your eyes are gazing at the things long past? Think of the posture it takes to walk forward with your neck turned and your eyes looking at what you have already travelled. Awkward and clumsy would be an understatement.
Now imagine a person with his eyes looking back while attempting to climb a mountain. He would not get very far indeed! His hands would feel for handholds and would surely find them at first, but there will always come a time when handholds are hard to come by. At these moments you need your eyes looking forward and searching for those hidden places that you can grasp. They are necessary if you want to get a solid footing once again.
Grief is like a cloaked hood. When it is worn over the head of a believer, it succeeds in hiding sorrow from those who would willingly share it and carry it a mile or two. The hood keeps others out but it also keeps you in, a prisoner of sorts. You are unable to see the good all around you. Nor are you able to really appreciate it. You can become imprisoned by memories, good though they may be. Memories are to be stored up and treasured for certain, but they are not to be used as an excuse to stop living your life for Christ.
If your spouse has died and gone to heaven, they are waiting for you. You are one. Your spirits can’t be separated. It is the miracle of the union of marriage. But do you really think your dearly departed loved one would want you to live the rest of your years on earth living in the past with only memories to hold on to? No, I know they wouldn’t! They would want you to make new memories. Memories you can share with them when you are finally reunited in God’s Kingdom.
So, it is now time to look ahead and focus on what is before you. God wants to do new things in your life. He is a LIFE LONG TEACHER and we should be LIFE LONG LEARNERS. He wants us to accomplish all that He has for you to do. He promises to make a way for you to fulfill His purposes and to refresh and heal your wounds when you are just to tired to move another step….. so long as you do eventually get up and move along.
He does not want us to be a backward looking people going through life missing all the blessings He has for us along the way to glory. Ask yourself this question. Are you ready to start the next chapter of your life or are you going to re-read the last one over and over again?
JOB 17:9 (NLT) The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger