Don’t look back…

Just glance over your shoulder at what was, learn from it and move on.

Don’t get stuck in the land of what might have been. Memories bring comfort and familiarity feels safe, but God says in Isaiah 43:18-19:

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Going forward can be a bit of a scary thing, but truly the former is no longer an option and you are not yet where you are meant to be.

So, with your bags packed and your foot out the door, you look ahead of you. The horizon, though bright, is somewhat obscured due to early morning fog.

You only have enough sunlight for just the next step.

In faith you travel onward, ever hopeful, and you realize it’s a trust thing. Either you will trust that still small voice inside your heart or not.

And what are the alternatives if you shut the door of your heart and disavow the call?

You will never be happy standing still where you are.

You will live your days in frustration, futility and fear.

And no one likes to get a big fat F on their report card. Considering this report card is for your life! So choose wisely and let your heart respond by saying, “I am going to change my life for the better.”

Now.

One day at a time.

So help me Jesus.

And that little voice inside echoes back to your heart…it is now or never.

And a chill runs up your spine. You are just a step away from missing the adventure of a lifetime if you don’t move out and on.

While you may stumble a bit on this new journey and at times you may not know exactly which turn in the road to take, you can’t ever look back again. The past is gone. The past is over. Old dreams are dead. Bury them at the foot of the cross and let Jesus resurrect a new story, a true story, just for you.

So with a hand over your chest to seemingly still the frantic beating of your oft-times wayward heart, you slowly move forward. The fog is rolling back, the clouds that darkened your path are lifting and you are beginning to see clearly the road that lies before you. The marker signs emerge. You make it to the next one and the next.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with that very first step.

You can’t wait any longer.

Saying so long to what was, you let go. And you keep letting go until you no longer need think about it.

Getting out of your head for perhaps the very first time in your life, you follow your heart’s desire. A desire that is as old as the foundations of the earth.

And as you step into your new life, your future, your heart fills with joy and anticipation.

You know that much good is on the path ahead.

And the place you will finally get to is the place you were meant to be all along…

~sheila

Reposted from the archives…while we’re away taking a “second honeymoon” to celebrate our First Anniversary {and catch our breath transitioning between the tower and LEft — Longings End full-time} Whether you have read this particular post or not, we think you will find it of value. We’re excited to share it with you again and welcome your comments!

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4 thoughts on “Don’t look back…

  1. Oh, how wonderful this is! Some of my favourite lines:
    “Old dreams are dead. Bury them at the foot of the cross and let Jesus resurrect a new story, a true story, just for you.”
    and
    “Getting out of your head for perhaps the very first time in your life, you follow your heart’s desire. A desire that is as old as the foundations of the earth.”
    I love that each hesitant step in this narrative is replaced with a firm statement of resolve. Yes, the fear is real, but so are the desires, and God is safely leading these according to his will. He is trustworthy!
    Thanks so much for posting this Sheila 🙂

    • You are so welcome. And thank you for commenting and for your appreciation of the words that are Given. I believe that God plants desires in our hearts as a clue to the purpose for which He created us. But we so often let our heads and all the practicalities of life become roadblocks to finding that path…

  2. Inspiring!
    your post reminds me of something I heard years ago, “To not decide is to decide, to not act is to act” or something along those lines.

    No matter how scarey or difficult, moving forward is the only thing that makes sense…at least to me.

    • Moving forward, even though we may fall down and need to get back up again, is what we must do if we want to truly be alive. Life is risk, no matter how you look at it, and sometimes very scary. We can choose to sit shaking in our “prison cells” OR we can step out in bold, wild faith and FOLLOW HIM who loves us best of all and promises to be with us always…THANKS for commenting. Appreciate you sharing, TC.