One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. Phil 3:13 NKJV
Canadian geese. "Best Behavior". NSA. Choking on a pill. Starbucks Coffee. The Superbowl. Plant clippings growing in a vase. Reading from a devotional book. On their own these are simple things. But because they are directly connected to a past friendship that I desire with all of my heart to be restored in its entirety, these memories are sometimes bittersweet, bringing both smiles and tears. In short, I am missing a friend.
Memories are a funny thing. Whether they are good or bad memories, either type can be both good and bad for us. Dwelling on memories of past mistakes can keep us in the "I'll never be able to change" mindset or give us the determination to say "I'll never go back there again". Good memories can give us a smile as we remember some good times spent with a loved one. However those same memories can also provoke tears and loss of energy due to thinking about what could or should be, making Proverbs 13:12 "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life." come alive to us.
Do you have a memories you are trying to forget? Are you holding on to other memories in order to keep hope alive? Whatever the case, we need to be focusing on the present, reaching forward to the future, and pressing into the one Friend who will never leave us. I still miss my friend, but Jesus is a better friend, and God says He will create a new thing. He will create new things in our lives. He might even create a new thing from the old. We just need to keep looking upward and reaching forward.
"Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." - Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.