Are you looking in your rear view mirror? Or focusing ahead in the windshield of life?
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Psalm 23:6 KJV)
Looking in the rear view mirror is like focusing on the problem situations and circumstances in the history of our life. These troubling times may appear and loom forebodingly in our rear view mirror if we let them. Often they may seem to loom large and appear to gain on us, threatening to impose upon our spiritual livelihood of today as we sojourn in this world. It may look as if at any moment that troubles and circumstances of yesterday are about to pounce once again upon us today.
God does not desire for any man to spend the precious time He has given him to peer into the darkness of his past. Our rear view mirror should display His goodness and mercy working in the midst of troubling circumstances and events confessed and forgiven in the past. The rear view mirror is not for becoming overwhelmed with sins of the past.
History should serve to be our teacher, helping us remember what God has already done and that He is alive and present in today and already busy in our tomorrows.