A GLANCE IN THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR

Sometimes a backward glance can give us the perspective and courage we need to go forward. It isn’t healthy to dwell on the past, but sometimes a quick look in the rear-view mirror of your life can be helpful. Let’s face it. There are more than a few sharp curves and u-turns in our journey, not to mention bumps in the road and pot holes big enough to swallow us alive. There are “construction zones” and detours where God is at work in us, and our progress seems painfully slow. When you are traveling a rough patch of road in life that calls for white-knuckle driving, a glance in the rear-view mirror can be helpful. When my husband died twenty-two years ago, it felt like my life got hit by a train. I couldn’t see beyond my headlights. Each morning I woke up convinced I couldn’t go on…but I did. I prayed, “Help. Show me your will for me today. Give me the strength and wisdom I’ll need to do it.” I believed God promise to give me what I needed for each day: As thy days, so shall thy strength be…The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:25, 27 (NKJV). I trusted in God’s sovereign goodness. I trusted that His plans for me were for good and not to harm me (Author’s paraphrase, Jeremiah 29:11). For the record, there were times I hollered, “I hate this!” But each time, I eventually came to accept my new reality. I rested in God’s loving care for me and my teenage daughters. I pressed on with the help of God and the loving people He surrounded me with. They did for me what I couldn’t do for myself. As I approach my sixty-fourth birthday, I have the advantage of having covered quite a few miles in my life’s travels. When I find myself gripping the wheel too tight, worried about what might be ahead, a peek in my rear-view mirror reminds me how far I’ve come. I realize that my worst challenge today is at best a bump in the road, compared to losing my husband. More important is that I also see how God has faithfully brought me this far. He will complete the journey with me. A glance in the rear-view mirror may just give you perspective for the roadblocks you face today. Remember where you’ve been. Today’s struggles may very well pale in comparison to the worst problem you’ve already faced. Review God’s faithfulness. If God got you through then, surely He will see you through whatever lies down the road. “I trust my todays and all my tomorrows To the One who holds eternity in His hands.” B. J. Hoff Today’s Challenge: If you are going through a rough patch of road right now, glance in your rear-view mirror. Remember what God has already brought you through. Pray. Believe. Trust. Rest. Press...