past. See, I am doing a new thing!
-Isaiah 43:18, 19 New International Version-
As I reflected upon this message, it seemed to make sense. Rarely, do I look back on life. I am a forward thinker.
However, at some points in life, we need to take a look in the rear view mirror. When people have hurt us deeply, when we have made our own immature mistakes, and when we would perhaps like a do over.
In many instances, the one more chance will not be possible but sometimes this great opportunity may come along. This does not mean we have to get overly engaged with the past situation. However, a redo might just be the chance to make the past right and propel us to the future.
Many times, situations like relationships or business ventures start out fast. In fact, too quickly. Even though a solid foundation starts to get laid, sometimes a scary kink can occur in the system. The people involved may not have the skills to positively adapt. Hence, the situation gets overblown and sometimes explodes!
Biblically, this happened with Paul and Barnabas.
In Acts, we see how both men had a passion to spread the gospel. However, they got in a sharp disagreement over John also called Mark whom earlier had abandoned their ministry (Acts 15:39).
Abandonment hurts. People respond in different ways. While Barnabas wanted to forgive John Mark and take him back on the road, Paul "did not think it wise" (Acts 15:38).
Two godly men with two different methods.
Barnabas did decide to take John Mark back (Acts 15:39) and Paul took Silas (Acts 15:40). In both instances, these men of God did what they thought right.
What does this mean for us? We must give room for the past to prepare for the future. In some instances, this may mean we find it in our heart to reconcile and rebuild with those with whom we have had a wreck.
At other times, we may need to just forgive and move forward. In both cases, we must be learn to find peace on our path. Indeed, the peace "which transcends all understanding."