Saturday, March 23, 2013

Memories and Moving Forward

Memories have this haunting tendency to come back to me through rose-colored lens.

When this happens, I have a deep desire to curl up and stay put forever in a time that has already passed. I've even caught myself praying to God to let me be, "the girl before {insert a difficult struggle here}."

God doesn't want me to go back. For one thing, He created all of us to live in a linear time frame, perpetually going forward. I have zero ability to stop and rewind time, and if I were able I'm fairly confident certain memories would be continually looped - reliving over and over days I wished would never end.

In my desire for the past, the Lord whispers to me the words of Paul in Philippians,
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (3:13-14).
Sometimes, these words make me want to throw a temper-tantrum that would make any three year old proud because its difficult to let go of good things. The past contains a certainty that the future with its multitude of frightening possibilities can't offer me because I can't be sure that today and tomorrow will be as good as the one's I've already experienced.

However, even those good moments I want to live again were once only possibilities. If I spend today wishing for the past good times, I am surely robbing today of its potential to be even better than those experiences.

If you struggle to see today's possibilities as good, I pray today that you will experience the freedom in trusting God with your future. May the Lord use this day to awaken your soul to the good moments that today will hold if you'll only release your iron grip on the past in order to grasp today's gifts.

Some days the gifts are easier to recognize than others, but ever day is filled with moments sent from God if we only take the time to look around for them. If you have nothing else, admire the beauty of God's creation.

Don't let yesterday's moments steal away today's potential for joy.

Forget what lies behind. Strain forward to what lies ahead. Press on, beloved, press on.

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