Don’t Look back in Anger…..

As my regular readers are aware, my friend recently challenged herself by doing the Camino Walk. She has now completed this mammoth trek and is home safe and well.
Her recent walking adventure may be over but there will be changes in her life, because of this experience. Also, she will have returned home with many new and varied belongings that she didn’t embark on this journey with!
She is now in possession of a whole host of new memories, experiences and a new found confidence that comes with leaving your comfort zone far behind you and testing your physical ability and endurance to its limits!
Additionally, she now has in her possession many photographs, taken along the way to mark memorable sights and precious and important moments. She has the visual evidence of her endeavour to cast her eyes over in the present time as she processes the reality of this achievement. The photos, alongside may other things, may well contribute to helping her memories move from the surreal in her mind, to the realm of reality. Also, these images may well serve as visual aids in the years to come, prompting recollection of beautiful scenery or poignant times! Sometimes it is really good to have reminders of past events at our fingertips but equally, sometimes it really is not!
As we walk out our daily journeys, our aim is to walk with Jesus, keeping our eyes on Him and our feet firmly on the narrow path.
However, in the natural, our perspective only allows us see a short distance ahead, just until the vanishing point disappears into the horizon.
From that point on we are dealing with the unknown and when our current place on our path is arid and the sun beats down relentlessly or it is wet and the rain water won’t stop flooding, then we can run low on good fuel and tire out so much more quickly.
We cannot see or know when a change of scenery will come and sometimes when we can’t see how far we have to go, we turn to see what lays behind us.
A glance over our shoulders, just to see how far we have come, can be helpful. With this perspective, we can view historic mountain ranges and valleys that we have already travelled and triumphed over and this can encourage us to switch our perspective back and keep moving forward.
If we focus in however, amongst the triumphs are the pitfalls, diversions and quicksand’s that had us surrendering to temptation, lost, hurting and sinning against God. We can zoom in on every past mistake and failure, reviewing and replaying them repeatedly through our minds.
Can we learn from history? Yes, we can, can’t we? The phrase ‘lest we forget’ can apply to our own lives as well the tragedy and sacrifice of the global world wars but, and it is an important but, we are commanded to forgive and that includes ourselves!
So, don’t look back in anger, instead focus on what you learnt, how you returned to the narrow path and most importantly, how you refocused your gaze on Jesus!
Add some fuel to your tank and feed yourself the nutrition of scriptures such as;
Isaiah Chapter 43 verse 2 ESV
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.
We can revisit yesterday and use what it can teach us but we cannot redo it, repeat it or repeal it. So, by all means learn from it but don’t dwell on it and don’t pick up past burdens of shame or guilt. Leave them at the Cross of Calvary, where they were paid for and continue peacefully on your way, trusting in Him that you are on the right path because His word says;
Jeremiah Chapter 29 Verse 11 ESV
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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