Remember not the former things, nor consider

I love my happy place, being on top of the world, when all is well and Life is Good!  When I’ve just had my favorite meal and dessert, then get to spend fun time with dear friends or family!

Life, however, is a constant roller coaster ride, and times come when we are faced with unimaginable hurt or loss.  We all process hard times in different ways, and although there are some things we will never “get over” we still have to walk through them and press on.  [Philippians 3:13-14]

The scars we take with us are the tattoos of life.  These may be actual visible scars, or scars inside that are only shown to those whom we trust.  At some point, we get the opportunity to help someone else through their own hurt or loss and – because of our scars – we can testify of God’s grace and mercy.  [2 Corinthians 1:3-4]

As I get older, my life tattoos have accumulated.  Some have turned into gray hairs, wrinkles, and love handles.  They are a reminder that this world is not my home, but for now I am still here.  I don’t want to waste precious time re-living the past that I can’t change, or worrying about the future that I can’t control.  So this verse is often a reminder to me to keep trusting God, holding Jesus’ hand, and looking forward:

Isaiah 43: 18-19

Remember not the former things,

nor consider the things of old.

Behold, I am doing a new thing;

now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

and rivers in the desert.

– Cae G.

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