So my family and I were leaving Downtown Dallas, on our way to visit a dear friend in Grand Prairie. Just like any other time, Angela puts the address of our destination in her iPhone so that we can find our way. Somehow or another, I miss understood something Siri said, and missed a turn. It was actually okay, because all her iPhone had to do was redirect me from where I was, so that I wouldn’t have to waste time back-tracking.
Isn’t that how God works? God has a better view of where we are. where we are going, and everything in between. Sometimes life happens and the thing that we are dealing with, right in front of our faces distracts us from God’s instructions. I thank God that He can still redirect us, even when we don’t realize we’re lost.
Well, being the man that I am, I get frustrated as Siri is redirecting me. It is clear and apparent that I am upset, so Angela asks, “What’s wrong? You okay?” But I’m dismissive and try to act like nothing is wrong. But I’m stuck on what happened back there. I’m angry because I’m now on a busy highway, when I could have been on another. I’m stuck on what happened back there. While I’m in my feelings, you will never guess what happens next. You guessed it. I missed another turn. All because I’m frustrated about what happened back there. Here I was in Grand Prairie, still concerned about a missed turn in Dallas.
Brothers and sisters, one of the hardest things to do is to let go of what happened back there. We are all a product of what we have experienced, and when we experience something impactful (whether positively or negatively) it is difficult to let go. Often what slows us down and keeps us from reaching our destination, is giving our energy to what we’ve missed, and not focusing on where we’re going. God sees where you are. He knows where you’ve gotten off track, but most importantly, He knows still how to get you where you need to be. So don’t get stuck on what happened back there.
The Apostle Paul said it best, “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (Phillipians 3:13-14, New Living Translation) Don’t get stuck on what happened back there!
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