Updated: Aug 10, 2020
Life is about moving forward, and most times, I try hard not to look in the rearview mirror. However, certain things require us to check behind us, like precious cargo. Our kids, offspring, crumb snatchers are the spitting image of us as we look in the mirror. But does it ever seem like the view from the past is more apparent than the picture in front?
I'm all in for looking in the rearview mirror, mainly to check for bumper hugging crazy drivers who could care less if they endanger others. But let's face it, rearview mirrors are small, and designed to keep from distracting what's in front of you.
In defense of our great Counselor, as if He needs anyone to defend Him, said, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62) What is Jesus saying? In other words, looking back in the rearview with glances is one thing. However, if looking back is something we always do as if the old days were somehow better, we can not move in the same direction as God, who already knows the beginning and the end.
God is Alpha and Omega and his desire; his focus is on us. In return, we as his people, have to realize how we get to the end with our focus on him. And, in doing so, what we are supposed to be doing in the right now. If our mind shifts in this direction, our past will no longer matter, and our future will brighten. For us to survive, we need to let the Holy Ghost break us out of our shell and boldly proclaim the name of Jesus.
Father, renew our minds and create in us a clean heart, so that we may know your will and so that you may reveal yourself to your people. I desire to know you, and not my past. I want to have passion for you, Lord. In Jesus' name, amen.