Morning Prayer - The Past
What is your first memory as a child? Is it good or bad? Mine is when I was around 2
or 3. My family was living in Oklahoma at the time and we went to Chuckie Cheese.
The only thing I remember is that I was sitting there eating my pizza and the purple
character (was he a gorilla??) came and stole my pizza! I was traumatized!!
I love reminiscing. So many fond and fun memories. The good ol’ days. There is a
danger in this, though. I face it many times. I find myself facing it now even. And that
danger is that if I’m not careful I begin to live my life looking in the wrong direction. I
can begin to live my life looking for what was and not what is. We see the Psalmist
do this in Psalms 42:4 when he says, ‘My heart is breaking as I remember how it
used to be…’
Do you find God calling you on to something right now that you are either delaying,
avoiding, or all together disobeying His leading because you don’t want things to
change? Maybe it is because of fear - unsure of what will happen if you move to
where God is calling you. Perhaps it’s not fear - maybe it is regret. Past regret is
completely paralyzing you from following where God is calling you now. For me it is
comfort. I like my routines. I like my schedule. And as God is calling me out I find
myself looking back to the good ol’ days thinking and longing for things to not
change. Longing for things to stay like they are.
But as we continue to read in Psalm 42:5 we see him pose some interesting
questions. ‘Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?’ Anytime we live with
our eyes focused on what was - whether it was good or bad - 3 things happen. 1:
We become discouraged. 2: We end up in the dumps, just plain ol’ sad. But most
importantly - 3: We ultimately lose sight of God and what He IS doing now (read
Mark 2:18-22 in light of this i
So maybe you’re asking, ‘What is the cure for this living life in reverse, discouraged
and depressed?’ I’m so glad you asked! Let’s continue to read Psalm 42:5, ‘I will put
my hope in God! I will praise Him again - my Savior and my God!’ Shift our focus
back to the source of our hope and comfort by praising Him! Sing songs of his
unchanging faithfulness and glory! Acknowledge that he alone is the source of hope
and salvation. God is leading - fix your eyes on Him again. What is He doing now?
Where is He leading now?
I pray we have faith to trust our Father and courage to follow Him wherever He may
Bangor Campus Pastor