The Right Rear View

I snapped this photo on a beautiful stretch of road between La Crosse and Prairie du Chien.

I intended to show you the wonderful view over the front wheel of my hand cycle. It was an amazing day on an amazing journey.

When I looked at the photo, I noticed the tiny mirror—I circled it to help you find it. It struck me that the rear-view mirror occupied about the right amount of space.

When you’re cycling, you need a rear-view mirror. It pays to be able to see what’s behind. Life’s like that as well.

But that mirror shouldn’t be too large, because life isn’t about the stuff behind you.

This Scripture passage has become my focus for the first part of Rich’s Ride. I’ve been returning to it, re-reading, pondering. Sometimes that’s a good way to study Scripture, by digging into a single story or passage.

Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19

I don’t think God literally wants me to “forget” the past. His entire relationship with Israel involved calling them back to their history. He’s not a God of not remembering history.

The key lies in the second line—“do not dwell on the past.” It’s not about not-remembering, but about not living in the past.

It’s important to know what’s back there, but the new thing God’s doing in our lives isn’t found in the rear-view mirror.

God’s new thing is perceived in the broad expanse of open road ahead. That’s where you find your dream.

You don’t pursue a dream by looking backward.

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Copyright 2010 by Rich Dixon, All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.

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