“But Lot’s wife looked back, and she was turned into a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:26
Bitter, colorless, fruitless, and frozen in time. That’s what Lot’s wife turned into when she looked back at the Twin Cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, the place of trauma and fear. Not long before this event Lot offered to hand his daughters over to a gang that would surely have raped and beat them to death (Genesis 19:8). So I’m not exaggerating when I say it was a traumatic and fearful place especially for women.
The daughters by contrast did not look back. They proceeded and eventually rooted themselves in their present reality. They were not colorless, fruitless, bitter about losing their husbands-to-be in the devastation, and certainly not frozen in time. Life continued and became fruitful again. Blessings were received and rejoiced over.
Isn’t it true that when we look back at the worst in our lives and gage every present situation from that lens the present becomes as bad as the past? We can become frozen in time–bitter, colorless, fruitless, and even sometimes hateful. Taking a lesson from Lot’s wife and daughters, perhaps it’s best not to spend too much time ruminating on painful past events. “Put your hand to the plow,” Jesus said. Move forward in faith.
Picture: The Providence Lithograph Co., 1908 Public domain in the U.S.