“Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror”- Byrd Baggett
Today I was listening to an excerpt from Sheila Walsh’s book God Loves Broken People. She commented that too many of us try to live our lives by looking through the rear view mirror. The rear view mirror was made to quickly glance back, but then to look forward again. Too often when we feel like we are drowning, we look back in our rear view mirror and stare into the mistakes we’ve made. We look at our wrong turns and dwell on where we think we should have turned. But that mirror was strategically placed so that we could take a quick glimpse and then return (and keep) our gaze on what is ahead. Glance at the road behind, but fix our eyes on the road before us. Some of us allow our hurtful past to absorb us and consume us and ultimately hold us back. Whether we run from it or live in it, our past seems to control us. But no one can drive or live that way.
God says it’s time for something new in our lives. God is opening up new roads ahead of you. He wants to fill the dry desert of your soul and fill you up with Living water. Don’t dwell on the past or camp out in the tragedy of your history or family background. Place one hand on the Word of God and the other hand reaching for the fresh future God is preparing for you. Stop living your life looking through the rear-view mirror. Get ready, He is doing a new thing!
Isaiah 43:19- See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.