Have you ever been at a stoplight and the person in front of you turns their rear-view mirror so they can touch up their makeup? Their time is not impeccable, the light turns green, and you’re counting down to honk them back to reality.
Let’s face it – rear-view mirrors were not created for make-up application; they were so you can see what is behind you. Regardless, you’ll still find people pulling and pushing the mirror in different directions to apply mascara, admire their just-done coiffure, or check themselves out (we see you, guys!)
The reason the rear-view mirror is so small in comparison to the windshield is because we should pay more attention to what is in front of us than what is behind us. Well, I’m going to challenge that a little today, but I’m not talking about in our car.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. Isaiah 43:18
Do you know why we’re not supposed to dwell on the past? Because the past most people are dwelling on is sin, regrets, or shame. There is a healthy reason to look back, though, and that is reflecting on the goodness and faithfulness of God in our lives.
I was talking with a friend yesterday and she was exhausted because her dog woke her up quite early. I had posted the following Scripture in Scriptures – One a day on Facebook and she expressed that she could use some help feeling her youth being renewed.
I knew she was joking, but here’s the thing – Psalms 103 talks about all the benefits of the children of God. This is one of them, but we have to apply God’s Word (promises) to our life. So, I suggested reflecting on God’s goodness in her life and then she’ll feel that renewal. Her response is what prompted me to write this blog, “Isn’t that interesting how reflecting changes you? That’s the only time I need to look in the past!”
Reflecting does change you – for the good or the bad – and you get to choose the reflecting you do. Martin Luther said, ‘You cannot prevent birds from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building a nest.’ So, here is what I suggest:
Forget the sins you’ve confessed
Forget the hurts others have given
Forget the things you didn’t do, didn’t say, didn’t accomplish; then go out and make the right decision to act the next time.
Forget the things you are currently worrying about – because you can’t change them anyway
Forget the relationships that didn’t last – If they were/are meant to be in your life, they would/will be
Remember the times God has forgiven you
Remember the hurts avoided because God stepped in
Remember the things that God did, God said, and God helped you accomplish
Remember how God said He would never leave you nor forsake you
Remember how it felt when you gave your life to Him and He welcomed you to His family
Remember when you were running late, then while driving to where you were headed, you came upon a terrible car accident that could have involved you
Remember the friend who just happened to show up at that particular time when you really needed someone and they said, “I just felt like I was supposed to come by.”
Remember the way you got the job when you didn’t qualify -or when you didn’t get the job and found out eight months later the company went bankrupt
Remember all the times you didn’t think you’d make it through, but here you are, and you know it was only because God helped you get here.
you are loved
you are accepted
you are a child of the King
You are more than a conqueror
and you are His.
It’s good to look back – if you’re recollecting God’s goodness. Let Him renew your youth like the eagle’s today by meditating on all He has / is / and will do in your life.