Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62
Looking back does have its advantages. Memories of love and joy can sustain us and give us hope in hard times. Knowing our past mistakes can help us to avoid future pitfalls. Sometimes however, we dwell on the past. We can reminisce for months about how good life used to be and yearn to experience those moments again. We can also do the opposite, think we will never be happy because of bad things that happened to us in childhood. We can even think that we’ve destroyed the possibility of happiness for our children because of mistakes we have made in the past. This isn’t true of course. There is always time for healing and joy.
Life propels us forward whether we want it to or not and we can choose to swim with the current or exhaust ourselves swimming against it. To put it is Jesus’s terms, you can’t possibly plow furrows for seeds where furrows have already been plowed and seeded.
Do you feel drawn to a particular vocation, work, or ministry? Are you in need of healing and have not yet done a thing to help effect that? Is there a new life journey you are facing like becoming married after being single, single after being married, or learning to live in a house without children after 20 years of having them around? Is there a new project or endeavor you feel called to do and yet a past bad experience is holding you back? Worse, is a past experience preventing you from enjoying peace of mind and heart? The kingdom of heaven is dynamic and constantly growing. We can be part of that simply by looking ahead at Jesus Who is leading us where He wants us to go. Look ahead. Follow where He is lead.
Photo: Plowing in the Philippines by Judge Floro, donated to Wikimedia Commons for public domain without conditions for use by anyone, January 23, 2016.