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My blog is called FORESIGHT. The simplest definition for this word is “an act of looking forward” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foresight). One practice that I find helpful to me is having an outlook on life that is forward thinking.
I am reminded of a story found in the book of Genesis authored by Moses, of where we read about a man named Lot and his wife. To make this long story short, basically Lot and his wife were living in the well known kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah. These kingdoms were famed for being a very hedonistic in nature. God has commissioned two Angels to visit Lot and give him and his family a very poignant message. “…Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain!…” (Genesis 19:17b, NIV). It is later recorded that Lot’s wife, in the midst of running from the city, looks back and turns into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26). Now, this is a unique situation that I don’t pretend to understand the fullness of all that happened in those moments. For our culture this story is a bit odd and seemingly out of character as to what we attribute to being a loving and merciful God. However, with that said, I do look for certain principles that can be learned from this event.
I must qualify this by mentioning that in our day in age, we have the benefit of hindsight which can help us learn from past mistakes. I believe there can be times when it is necessary to investigate our past but with the intention of it to be that it moves us forward. I think to many times we get hung up in our past. We continually look at all that has happened such as all of the mistakes we have made, which cause us to live with regret and the sense that we are unworthy of a better future. Or perhaps even all of the good times that we have had and we begin to settle for what we have already achieved. I think this relates to the story of Lot and his wife, in that God’s message for them to leave was rooted in God’s desire for them to see a better way.
I love walking. It always helps me feel better, stronger and healthier. Even a 20 minute walk around, with no distraction helps me clear my thoughts. What is interesting about walking, is the significance of looking ahead. You may laugh at this seemingly unimportant observation for walking, but it is amazing the change of pattern and step that happens when you walk with your eyes closed, or even when walking backwards. Once I was walking and it was right around sunset. The sun was magnificent and bright. So much so that I could not see where I was going, so at first I closed my eyes. I wanted to see how far I could walk with my eyes closed in a straight line. I was quite disappointed because it was really not very long. I was all over the road. Next, because that didn’t work, I decided I will walk backwards to see how far I could get. I was able to walk a farther then with my eyes closed, but I began to notice certain things. All of a sudden the walk became more difficult. My legs were getting soar more quickly and my calves were throbbing. So I bit the bullet and turned around and walked off into the sunset.
My experience in this situation I believe maybe gives us insight into the significance of living life with a forward view. Living in the present is hard enough let alone living in the past. At times you can maybe look backwards and keep pressing on, but sooner or later you will find no fulfillment or enjoyment in life. I think about the example of those who “peaked in High School”. The once “cool” kid now an adult but acting like a teen is not that endearing. As a matter of fact, it shows the lack of growth and development in someones life.
I think God’s desire for people is to live in the present and look towards the future. “For we have no lasting city but we seek that city which is to come” (Hebrews 13:14, ESV). Lot’s wife couldn’t see that coming city. She set her heart in the city of her past and it cost her a great future. At times it is scary looking forward because of the unknown but we are not without hope.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2nd Corinthians 4:16-18, ESV).
Let us remind ourselves not to look back as Lot’s wife did, let us look toward tomorrow, trusting and having faith that God is loving, sovereign and above all good.
Thanks for reading, keep looking forward!