Life in the rear view mirror is provides much clarity. In trying to make sense of our world we think back to people and circumstances. It’s a good time for a heart check as well. We do well to ask what was our own part in adding to the situation, especially if what happened troubles our hearts. Each of us has a mix of emotions, motivations and a set of standards by which we attempt to govern our lives. But in the end the believer in Christ can come to the throne of grace, pour out one’s heart and receive that nudge of direction for the next day, knowing that His mercies are new every morning.
We can at times equate with aspects of Job’s life. In the 29th chapter Job reflects, “I long for the years gone by when God took care of me, when He lit up the way before me and I walked safely through the darkness. When I was in my prime, God’s friendship was felt in my home. The Almighty was still with me, and my children were around me…”
The book of Job gives us a model for how the godly person processes tragic events. Job was honest, he tried to evaluate his own thoughts and behavior, he listened to well-meaning (and even at times, misguided) advice, and Job poured out his complaints before God. He kept the conversation up with God, even when his heart was breaking. Yet in all this, Job did not act disrespectfully toward God nor lose his belief in the Almighty.
One must come away with a sense that God knows so much more than we, His plans are so much greater than we can comprehend, and truly, the core of God’s thoughts for us were demonstrated in full when Jesus died on the cross for you and I.
We contemplate the rear view mirror in times of processing the events of our lives. But then, like we read in so many of the Psalms, we choose to look ahead, express trust in God and move forward. Hopefully we step forward with a little more wisdom for life’s struggles and the confidence that God will use for good every hurt, and every shed tear if we allow Him that full access to our heart. We walk by faith, we look forward in hope.