I get caught up in what’s behind me quite often. How about you?
This weekend, my little familia ventured off to Colorado Bend State Park. We’re known for taking long road trips at the drop of a dime. It’s spontaneous and thrilling, but we often regret not being prepared. Yet, we never regret the adventures that ensue as a result.
This adventure brought us to a beautiful hike, which would eventually lead us to Gorman Falls. We heard it was spectacular. But, with the sun quickly tucking away in an already overcast sky, I’m not sure how spectacular it would have been.
We didn’t make it.
I must have stopped us every 30 steps to say, “I don’t think it’s this way.”
Or “The sun’s going down; we’re never gonna make it.”
I made my son paranoid enough to turn around every few seconds to make sure a bobcat wasn’t approaching. This is what my paranoia does to my children. It makes them feel the same and prolongs the hike to where we’re going.
Meanwhile, my husband was slightly irritated because if we just trusted him and kept to the path, without stopping, we’d be there before sundown.
At almost a mile (don’t laugh) my daughter gave up. It could have been a combination of my constant glances back and her already sore ankle. “I hear it, but I can’t go anymore.”
“She can’t go anymore!” I proclaimed. It was validation enough for me to be done with the hike.
I was so afraid of what could have been approaching from behind, I set the mood for the entire hike.
Have you ever done that, friend? Have you ever confided so strongly in what was behind you that you gave up the glory waiting ahead of you?
I trusted what was behind me more than I trusted my husband’s leading. My needing to head back to the car hindered us from arriving to the waterfall. We turned around and headed back, but by then we were all worried and nearly sprinted back to the car.
I mistook a deer for a bobcat and a mooing cow for a mountain lion. It caused a laughing fit which lightened the mood. Thank God for senses of humour.
That entire scenario could have played out so differently had I just trusted what was ahead instead of focusing on what was behind me.
So it often is in our faith journey.
If we fix our eyes on God (forward) and stop looking at our past, our walk would be less distracted.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
I missed it this time, friends. We didn’t see Gorman Falls, but we’ll be back soon. Just because you didn’t make it the first time, doesn’t mean you don’t keep trying.
This time, I’ll focus ahead at what awaits me.
God, thank you for your grace when I can’t seem to shift my focus forward. Thank you for loving me despite my shortcomings and thank you for giving me a family who does the same. I am immensely blessed because of who you are. Thank you for keeping us safe, for filling us with peace, and for giving us courage to try again.
In your name I pray. Amen.
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