“Have compassion on me, LORD, for I am weak. Heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony. I am sick at heart. How long, O LORD, until you restore me? Return, O LORD, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love… My vision is blurred by grief….”
Psalms 6:2-4, 7
I have written similar words in my journals. Although, I noticed the date of those entries were times when I was either mourning over hurts of the past or over something I had lost.
Tears of grief over the past blur vision like drops of rain on a rearview mirror. I've spent way too much time in my life mourning what was. Sadly, with focus constantly on the rearview mirror, I couldn’t see the path in front of me. But even worse, sometimes what I saw back there looked so good, I tried to recreate what I had lost.
But I finally realized—if I’m going to cry out to the LORD to heal my grieving heart, then I need to TRUST how HE works. God is a Creator! The Creator of heaven and earth does not re-create—He creates! My rear-view focus only sees the old. God says, “Behold, I do a NEW thing!” I can keep trying to recreate the OLD from the past, or I can trust GOD to create something NEW in the present!
I’m thankful God never has blurred vision. Even when I focused on the past, His eyes always saw me with unfailing love. And that Love changed my view!
When I turn my attention forward, I discover—
the windshield is much bigger than the rear-view mirror!