Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Looking Back

Although we're called to forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead (Philippians 3:13), there are certain times when it helps for us to reflect on the past.

This morning was one of those times. I was re-reading some journal entries from a couple of months ago. It was mildly amusing for me to read some of those entries, especially those that seemed to carry the same basic "help me" theme from one day to the next. I couldn't help but think to myself, If I knew then what I knew now...

What struck me most about reading those entries was that, even when I felt weak in my faith, God remained faithful to me. Some of the things I worried about have not come to fruition (and probably never will); others God took care of in a way that was totally Him. Some of my heart's desires He has and is fulfilling, while others are still waiting on Him.

Regardless of what I journaled about, I can clearly see God's fingerprints all over them. Maybe that's why I keep journals from several years back, so I can go back and re-read entries and remind myself of God's provision and faithfulness throughout my life. Having tangible evidence of God coming through for me time after time buoys my spirits and deepens my faith.

3 comments:

DJG said...

I love going back and reading things I wrote months or years ago. Unfortunately I have not always been a good journaler more hit and miss. Keep up the good habit, you will not regret it.

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DJG said...

When I was posting on working out I started to use Phil 3:13. I like "straining". I had forgotten you had used it in this post. But you are right, we need others to show us where we have improved spiritually.,

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