Staring in the Rearview Mirror….

When you’re staring at your past, strewn with disappointments, it’s difficult to see your future, just as it’s difficult to drive when you’re constantly looking in your rearview mirror. Tony Evans

There was a time in my life when I was “stuck”, looking in the rearview mirror…..our children were leaving home, we’d experienced a move, job changes, deaths, some other losses. I could not see a future that could offer anything as valuable as what I felt had been lost, including my own youth. It was a difficult place, characterized by depression, fear, and anger. As described by one person, it felt like trying to find one’s footing on an ice flow that was breaking apart. There was no sense or sight of where to put one’s foot next. I had been a born again Christian for just a few years and, while I felt that I trusted God, I did not yet have enough knowledge of him and his ways to know that there would be a way through this season in the wilderness. It would take completely losing my footing and tumbling into the vastness of a sea that seemed to overwhelm me. But it was there that I discovered that the hand that lifted Peter was right there to lift me, too. Since that time, whenever the journey has gotten rough, I have known his presence in the midst of it, just as I know it in the gentle and easy places. He is faithful to keep his promise.

” Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

  • For some it takes the cold reality of feeling that one is drowning before one is ready to receive the help of Christ. And sadly, for some, as soon as they’re safely back on solid ground and can maneuver for themselves, they leave him standing there without so much as a wave of the hand or a “thank you” or an invitation to him to continue on with them in their journey