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 on.


  1. Kathy
    Sep 2, 2013

    Touching article, as always. Thank you

  2. Marcia Wilson
    Sep 2, 2013

    Your blog today has some great reminders to me about what to do during those challenging times. Your perspective of not dwelling on the past with glancing in the rear-view mirror fits well with guidelines in the Bible. Thanks for your honest and clear writing.

    • Kathy
      Sep 11, 2013

      Marcia, We are on this journey together! God bless you and give you strength and wisdom for this stretch of road you are on.

  3. Holly Williams
    Sep 2, 2013

    I must be driving in circles because my review and my front view look oddly the same 🙂 I feel like I’m at a point when I’m driving through the same spot I have driven several times before…but before I was not the christian I am, maybe this time I’ll let God drive and I will enjoy the scenery instead of doing it my way and driving in circles!! Great blog Kathy, but then again…they always are!

    • Kathy
      Sep 11, 2013

      Holly, I love your sense of humor – especially in challenging times. Keep your seat belt fastened, both hands on the wheel. Put the pedal to the metal…and hang on for the ride. God bless you!

  4. Dorothy Bonen
    Sep 3, 2013

    Thanks so much for your words of wisdom, so beautifully written. I have always appreciated your reminders. I too have been looking in my rear view mirror lately with praise and gratitude to my God.

    • Kathy
      Sep 11, 2013

      Dorothy, We do have so much to be grateful for! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. God bless you – real good!

  5. Hannah (Helge) Buyze
    Sep 10, 2013

    Kathy — If you look back far enough in your rear view mirror you might remember us . . . Allan and Helge (now Hannah!) Buyze 🙂 Jan has shared several of your FB posts which led Al and I to reminisce about you and John so many times . . . with smiles and with tears. After seeing this site today, I thought I’d take the opportunity to send a hello from the both of us . . . and to thank you for your always edifying words!

    • Kathy
      Sep 11, 2013

      Hannah! I do remember you and Al with fond memories!! Thanks for stopping by my website/blog. What an encouragement to hear from you! Blessings!!

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