Yesterday I was driving down my street and as I often do I glanced in the rearview mirror, wow, was I so glad I did. Before I had turned down my street I had not seen anything but blue sky, which in itself is beautiful, but when I looked in my rearview mirror I saw a beautiful pinkish yellow sky just peeking above the tree line, the bare branches of the trees appeared black, but it was such a beautiful sight that I slowed down to really drink in the view. Had I not looked back I would have missed this awesome display of God’s handiwork.
In life, the only time I think it is good to look back in our rearview mirror’s of life is to see the faithfulness of God. So often at the moment of crisis or illness, we have trouble seeing God at work, tracing his hand in a situation, but later we can look back and often see very clearly that he was there working all the time and even trace his hand. As I looked and saw this masterpiece in the sky it reminded me of all the times God has brought me through, how over the years in varying circumstances he has been there faithful, working it all out for my good.
Much of it at the time did not feel so good, much of it was painful and confusing. Often times I even felt alone, but I can clearly see those times when I thought I was alone and God had abandoned me that he was there, keeping me, holding me, helping me, teaching me and always loving me. God’s ways are so much higher than ours and just because they do not make sense to us, we can sometimes feel as though he is not there, beside us moving and doing, but he is.
As I look in the rearview mirror of my life I am thankful for the hard placed God has brought me through. I am thankful for those times when I felt as though just waking up would be too much for the day, yet finding the strength to press on anyway. That strength came from the Holy Spirit. He gave me just what I needed for the day I would face. I see it now. I can even feel it.
God is so good, better than we even know and if he had not been doing, working, loving and helping I would not be here now typing this out, but he was and is and it gives me courage for tomorrow knowing and remembering all that he has done in my life and the lives of those I love. I can also look in scripture and see so many times where his followers felt frustrated or afraid or alone and how God showed up and did what God does and that is his best for us.
I hope you will take the time today to look back, check out the view in your rearview mirror. Remember all those times when God brought you through because he did or you would not be reading this. And if that is not enough here are a few scriptures to help you out.
Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he [is] God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 “But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep [you] from evil.”
1 Corinthians 1:9 “God [is] faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Psalm 33:4 “For the word of the Lord [is] right; and all his works [are done] in truth.”
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
2 Timothy 2:13 “If we are faithless, he remains faithful–for he cannot deny himself.”
Sometimes the best views can only be seen by looking back..