Monday, July 4, 2011

Don't Look Back

I was recently riding in the car as a passenger in the front seat. I sat sideways and chatted with the people in the back seat. After a few minutes, however, I became quite nauseous. I think I was car sick. I turned back around and looked out the front window, and my stomach settled. I tried to look back again to chat, but found that looking back made me sick again. I had to keep looking forward to feel better.

Often in our lives we have done things that cause us pain and regret. Whether those things are accidental or not, continuing to look back can make us sick. To feel better, we have to keep looking ahead.

That's not to say you never glance back. Glancing back in the car enables you to change lanes and travel safely, so you don't hit anyone else. Glancing back to glean wisdom from your past mistakes, to come to terms with them is a good thing. As long as you are just glancing back and not looking back.

Look forward. Or better yet, look up. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Just don't look back. It will make you sick.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1,2

Chatty Kelly


Penny said...

Love this. So true!!! We get so upset at past mistakes or things we should have done that we don't realize...we can't turn back time. We can just go forward from here. =)

A multi-dimensional life said...

Kelly, what a great analoagy!
I can't even ride backwards in the seats on a train. I've been getting car-sick since childhood, but only when I look back! I'll heed your words of wisdom and remember that, although I may have some regrets, Jesus has paid the price once and for all and He is here to walk me forward, keeping my eyes on the prize which lies ahead! Blessings!

Jenny said...

Love this. We spend so much time looking back at our life instead of living it for today.

Sue J. said...

Given where you are at the moment, this is a very powerful post. It's easy to look back and get stuck in that position. We weren't meant to, aside from "hindsight" and to remember that from which we have moved forward, progressing onward--whether to new land or to familiar territory with a new outlook.

Press on, my friend. You will be strengthened....

Loree Huebner said...

Psalm 121 is my favorite psalm. I say it often. I'm so glad you posted it.

Interesting analogy. Much truth in it.

I hate motion sickness. Yuck.