God in the Rearview Mirror
The old saying goes, “Hindsight is 20/20.” It’s easy to look back and know what we should have done. Now we know that we should have bought Apple stock when it went public in 1980. Or that we should have accepted the invitation to join the research project “BackRub,” which today is known as Google. When we look in the rearview mirror at our lives, we see things with a clarity that is not possible when we look to the future.
The same holds true when we look for God in our lives. It’s much easier to look back and see God’s presence than it is to know what it will look like in the future. Yet rarely do we look back and ask ourselves, “Where was God in this?” We like to be forward-looking, never dwelling on the past. However, in doing so we’re missing an opportunity to grow in our faith.
When we take the time to consider how God has been present in our past, we develop the confidence and hope that God will be present in our future. We don’t know how God will be present, just that God will be present. And sometimes, knowing this is the difference between giving up or going forward.
This week take some time to look in the rearview mirror at your life and ask yourself, “Where do I see God?” Doing this has the potential to change how you live into your future.