Imagine you’re driving in your car. Only instead of driving look forward through the windshield, you’re trying to get to your destination by looking through your rearview mirror. (This is one of those times that you and I need to hear that TV voice say: “Please don’t try this at home!”) Can you imagine what would happen if you tried driving somewhere, anywhere, by only looking in your rearview mirror?
Now don’t get me wrong. I look in my rearview mirror a lot, especially in busy traffic. I want to make sure the person behind me is paying attention to the flow of traffic, like I am, and that he’s not going to read end me – though I don’t know why that helps me, seeing that I can’t stop him – I’m only going to watch the inevitable happen.
I do look in my rearview mirror and my side mirrors when I want to change lanes. I want to make sure my life change isn’t going to crash into somebody already in that lane.
But I know that if I want to get to where I need or want to be, I’ve got to keep my eyes focused through the windshield. And let’s just be honest, the windshield to rearview mirror ratio is like 100:1. I can see 100 times more looking forward through my windshield than the little mirror hanging from it.
So why do I spend so much of my time looking backward? Why am I so intent on seeing where I’ve been rather than where I’m going?
Let me put it another way, maybe a little closer to home. Why do I focus on the hurts… the failures… the let downs of the past (rearview mirror looking) control where I’m going today and tomorrow (windshield looking)? I guess I need to ask myself, if I’ve actually gone anyway in life or am I stuck in park. Have I moved on? Am I looking forward or am I still gazing at where I once was?
Jesus said this…
“No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62
Paul said it another way…
“I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: I know we need to look in our rear view mirror once in a while, but starting today let’s look out of our windshield a whole lot more. God has given us a great big world. You can’t drive forward looking out your rear view mirror, so you can’t live for today or tomorrow looking at your past. Look forward!
Help me to see where I’m going and stop me from not moving anywhere by only looking back. Jesus in Your name I ask this, Amen.
Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen