by Macy Johnson
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.”
(Isaiah 43:18 NIV)
Thomas Lambrecht wrote, “In this time of change, it is important to grasp the reality that God is working in all situations to do something new.” How do I get ready for new things? I need to release my focus on the past and look forward to what is coming. Lessons learned in the past can be applied to new experiences.
While driving down the interstate across Texas and into New Mexico, then Arizona, I thought about how many miles we have come on this adventure. Although I am thankful for the rearview mirror, my husband wisely reminds me to ignore what’s behind us. Vehicles following me will adapt to my speed. I must pay attention to what is in front of me.
It is human to gradually forget difficult times of the past and remember the good times. Thankfully, time has a way of healing all wounds. I believe God wired us that way for a reason. In the Bible He reminds us continually to snub the distractions and concentrate on Him.
I once considered moving back to my hometown of Pensacola, Florida. Every time I visit, I feel the memories ebb and flow. Places and people are gone and new life grows in the garden of old dreams. I thank God for beautiful memories! Changes remind me I can never go back to the way things were.
Henry Blackaby wrote, “Find out what God is doing and join Him in His work.” If I linger in the past, I will not be ready for the future. I can partner with the Holy Spirit in His work – now.
I will push away the past and boldly go where I have never gone before. I hope you will, too!