Face Forward

on the way

Yesterday we were in an accident. Literally. In a physical car accident. We were hit from behind. Rear-ended.

And there is nothing pleasant about something like that.

Where we should have been focusing on forward motion in a peaceful manner, what was behind us hit us hard and caused us a lot of pain.

And, of course, we had to turn around.  We had to see what happened.  We had to stop.  And we had to confront the issue.

Because it was needed.

But in life, what is it about looking back?

On the road, looking in your rearview mirror is helpful.  It can let you know what is behind you and tell you how to be safest.

Sometimes looking back in life is good, like the rearview mirror.

You see where you were or what you used to do.

You see how you hurt or choices that you made and the consequences of those actions.

And you see how far you have come from that point in your past.

But what about when you look in the rearview mirror not for road safety but to take a look at your past—finding yourself held in a prison from forward motion?

What then?

Right now I am leading a Bible study through the Old Testament.  We are currently just past the exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt.

But it doesn’t take any time at all before they begin to grumble about the past and how it was so much better than their present.

Does that sound familiar?

The thing is—they were enslaved in Egypt.  Freedom was not their own.  And then when they finally had their freedom, they were not content where they were.

They grumbled.  They moaned.  They wailed.  They recalled what they did have in Egypt—even though it was not great.

And they quickly forgot that God had a BIG plan for them.


A new land.

A brighter future.

But they had to first get there.

Along the way he acted as their guide, providing them with their daily needs.

How many times in our own lives do we look in the rearview mirror and WISH for that past===when, instead, we should face forward, march on, and let God guide us to the place where he REALLY wants us to be?

Today I encourage you—Face Forward.  Allow God to take you where He wants you to be.

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength…”  

Including forward motion!

(Philippians 4:13)