As I read through this familiar passage this morning, the Lord gave me a new insight on the phrase "forgetting those things which are behind." In the past, I've assigned that phrase to past sin, guilt, mistakes and such. But this morning, I heard the Lord whisper, "What about past struggles? What about past valleys? What about the difficult yesterdays?" For me, that's another story.
I don't know about you, but my bad days tend to be more like bad weeks, months or even years. The valleys in my life are not typically one-day hikes; they are lengthy journeys. But could it be that I see life that way because I'm carrying yesterday's heartaches into today? Instead of beginning the day with new strength and a fresh perspective, I wake to the weariness of yesterday still weighing heavy on my shoulders. Is it any wonder then that the rest of the day is a struggle?
My friend, it's time for us to leave the past in the past, whether that means mistakes or trials. Forget about the weary yesterdays. Strike from your memory the pain of last week's heartbreak. Begin each day with a clean slate and a new perspective: This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)