Two or three weeks ago, I was shocked to see an email from my website host that my website was found to have malware and was immediately shut down. I decided not to copy the files down – not being sure which had the virus – but to delete everything and start over. Fortunately, I have most of the recent posts in a Word document on my computer. I will eventually re-post them. I decided it was more productive to continue on my journey than to try to rehash the past at this time.
My cousin Roxy once said to me when I was still hurting over the demise of my first marriage, “Looking in the rear-view mirror occasionally to see what is behind you is ok. But you cannot stay focused in the rear view mirror and drive forward, you will crash and burn” I still believe these were the wisest words anyone ever said to me.
This brings me to the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). He could have decided that since he was at rock bottom, he may as well die there. This was where a glimpse in the rear view mirror was beneficial to him. He remembered that the servant in his father’s house was living better then he was living right at that moment. He figured that it was better to humble himself before his father than to continue in the destruction that had overtaken him. Sometimes pride prevents us from taking that necessary step for our redemption.
Too often in our relationship with God we think that we have to clean up our act before we go to Him for help, when in fact all we have to do is humble ourselves and go to Him in repentance. Once we have experienced the Presence of God, the sweet fellowship of relationship with Him, being away from Him makes us miserable. Do not believe the lie that He is so upset with us that we have to hide out until He cools down. He is always seeking to restore relationship with us. He never changes, it is we who change.
Stay tuned for Part 2
Sylvia M Dallas
Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ. Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.