Eyes Forward

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“Chase Me, Grandma…Chase Me”

These are words I hear often.

Sometimes we’re outside playing, but often it’s in the house that we play chase.

Many homes, including mine, are open.

You can go from one room to the next easily…in a circle…running!

 

He issues the challenge and I get that look in my eye that lets him know that his challenge has been accepted!

Off we run…

The problem is that as he runs he is always looking backwards.

He wants to see where I’m at …just how close am I getting.

He giggles and giggles and runs forward on his little legs, all the while looking behind him.

I swear I run with my hands over my eyes because I know he’s soon going to crash into something at any given minute!

He’ll be headed to hit the wall and not realize it.

He’ll be ready to crash into a corner of the wall or he’ll be heading toward a table or the corner of my grandfather’s antique desk…

I see what he’s headed for, but he doesn’t.

We play this often and by God’s grace and protection we’ve not had any really bad accidents. We’ve had falls and bumps and bruises, but nothing overly serious.

 

It makes me think.

How often do we look backwards when we should be looking forward?

It seems like when we’re young, we so often look forward to so many things.

Dating, driving a car, college, marriage, getting a dream job, having children, etc.

Often when people age, they tend to look back on their life.

I think it’s great to look back and be thankful and rejoice at the memories that we’ve made.

It’s also good to be aware that if we are always looking back, we may not be looking forward.

Each season of life has it’s own special blessings and cares.

I love the memories I have. (most of them)

There are a few years that I’d prefer to just erase.

 

The point is that we all need to be looking forward as well.

We need to have our eyes open to our next steps.

 

Proverbs 4:25

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you”

 

Genesis 19:26

“But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.”

 

Lot and his family were being rescued from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

They were to run forward and not look back.

Why did she look back?

Had she fallen in love with her surroundings so much that she didn’t want to move forward, even with the miraculous escape that God provided?

Was she so “earth bound” that she couldn’t see past the NOW?

I don’t know those answers.

I do know that she turned into a pillar of salt!

 

There are so many things to look FORWARD to…

 

Hebrews 11:10

“For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God”

 

2 Peter 3:13

“But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells”

 

Let’s enjoy this gift called LIFE,

And let’s move forward day by day as God directs.

 

 

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