ContemplationDo you ever feel like you are mired in the past?

That you simply can’t seem to get over something that has taken you by surprise – pulled the rug out from under you – caused you pain?

For me…those kind of feelings are usually a result of expecting the future to play out in a certain way.  Developing expectations for how I want things to be.  Yet…somehow…they don’t work out the way I planned!?!

So – now what???

First – I must go back and remember that expectations can be a slippery slope into needless disappointment.  That staying in the moment and being open to all the possibilities is the better way to live.

Next – and even more important – I must remember:  At the heart of most of my disappointments is a  tendency to put my hope in something (usually someone) other than God.

Yikes!!!  That is idolatry, isn’t it Lord?

In this moment I must repent.  For once again I have done just that.

We had a team member at I & D that I thought would be with us forever.  Tom and I had begun to see the three of us as that cord of three that Scripture says is not easily broken.  All the plans we were making had the 3 of us in the picture working together.

Yet now – God is calling this team member to a new work.

I am sad yet happy for her.  I am disappointed yet expectant.  And…I am busy trying to move things around to make sure we can rebuild the team to keep things going – and not miss a beat.

In the midst of it all – I am drawing close to the Lord and as promised, He is drawing ever close to me.

And here is what He has been saying, “Forget it!!!

Forget the past.  Refocus on Jesus.  Press forward! 

He hasn’t scolded me – he hasn’t made me feel bad.  He is simply saying – press on!

And as I do, he keeps giving me this amazing Scripture:

Philippians 3: 13 – 14

“But one thing I do:  forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward what is ahead.  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus!”

How about you?

Are you struggling with any kind of disappointment in your life?

If so…let my experience and these words of encouragement from the Lord lift you up…

Forget the past.  Refocus on Jesus.  Press forward! 

With love and blessings to all who follow this blog.