Moving Forward

2010 has been a very trying year.  Due to circumstances and financial restraints, a vacation to a destination was just not possible so at the end of the year, my husband and I found ourselves with vacation time.  We did some relaxing and took it easy, but also decided to take a day to tackle the job of cleaning off his desk and sorting through papers.  We have attempted this a few times before, but time and motivation would often escape us and I can’t say I remember the last time we’ve even seen the top of his desk. As we sorted through the mounds of papers, bills, junk mail, letters, receipts and other miscellaneous items, I came across an old sermon that he had once preached entitled The Danger of Not Moving Forward. 

In this sermon, he talked about the need for growth and maturity. Without these things we die.  He went on to use the illustration of the tabernacle.  Three areas of the tabernacle were the Outer Court, the Inner Court, and the Holiest of Holies.  He explained how these three areas had a purpose, preparation, dedication, and revelation.  Towards the end of his sermon made the following observations.  In the Outer Court you have daylight; in the Inner Court you have candlelight; but in the Holy of Holies you have Divine light.  We can’t stay in the Outer Court, what’s the point?  The Inner Court is just a means to reach the next step.  The Holy of Holies is our goal and where we find satisfaction, completion, and most of all, revelation.  We must move forward!  It was a very good sermon.

This morning I was straightening up some books and notes on the table next to my bed and found some thoughts I had jotted down this summer.  I was inspired to write them after hearing a popular song sung at camp called, Moving Forward.  God never ceases to amaze me.  Here at the end of the year, how ironic that these pieces seem to all come together and perhaps God was trying to tell me something. 

A journey begins with a step and is followed by many more of these steps; otherwise we would never get anywhere.  Life sets us on a journey and we grow, physically, mentally, and emotionally.  At some point we begin a spiritual journey.  Some on their way to God, some on their way with God, and sadly, some are walking away from God. 

As with any journey, we will often encounter obstacles and delays.  Traveling on a road trip we come across or are involved in a wreck, delaying our trip, sometimes indefinitely, or just altering our course.  In our spiritual journey we have these as well. Discouragement, reminders of our past, unresolved bitterness, or maybe just illness and other life events will slow down our progress.

Ever been on a road trip and wondered why it took so long to get somewhere until you remember all the stops at restaurants and gas stations.  Perhaps you even stopped to see some sights or historical landmarks.  This is all fine unless they caused you to miss an important appointment.  The world tries to do this all the time.  It wants to distract us from our goal and destination.  Sometimes it wants to try to make us forget that we have someplace to be.  We must remind ourselves that this world has nothing to offer and that our destination is worth all the effort it took to get there.

Sadly to say, sometimes people will even try to interrupt your travels.  Obviously, there are people who have evil intents and would want to harm or rob you, but there are also those people who are just jealous of your journey and instead of trying to make the journey themselves, they’d rather just interrupt yours. Ever had an idea that you thought was good only to have someone tear it apart and give you all the reasons why it won’t work.  People who are bitter are good at this.  Misery loves company and instead of wanting to see you succeed, they’d rather see you fail the way that they have.  Maybe they are jealous because they think your journey has been too easy and they think you should suffer every bit as much as they have, except they have never even bothered to hear your story and realize that you too have suffered, you just have been fortunate enough to work through the struggle.  

Occasionally you are blessed by what I can only describe as angels on earth, people who take every opportunity to help everyone they come in contact with.  I remember staying with my mom in a motel room with my brothers and sisters.  We didn’t have much food and a very nice stranger brought us some homemade chicken noodle soup in a crock pot.  I swore that it must have been an angel.  Maybe my mother knew the person, but in my mind it was a miracle and the best soup I’d ever tasted.  I’ve been privileged to know a few more people like this.  Some of them weren’t strangers, but instead were some of the best leaders and role models.  These people make you feel like your success is important to their own.  They are the wind at your back, helping you to continue on your journey, even at times when you don’t feel like you can find the strength within yourself.  These people don’t try to compete, but they help to establish and improve your stride.

If I’m ever going to get somewhere, I must move forward.  I can’t change the past by going back and trying to relive it.  Of course, I can do my best at making amends, but other than that, the only thing I can do is learn from it.  I can’t make excuses and give all sorts of reasons why I can’t make it or why my weaknesses will prevent me from reaching my destination.  God provides for us and more than makes up for what we lack.  The mistake is trying to attempt the journey alone.  We will fail every time.  God is our constant and most faithful traveling companion. 

As we face another new year, it’s always a good time for us to realign ourselves with God’s plan for us.  We need to take this time to shed off any unnecessary weight that will only slow us down and equip ourselves with only the important items that will aid us in reaching our destination, Heaven.  Please pray for me as I continue on in my journey and I will do the same for you.

I’m not going back, I’m moving ahead.

Here to declare to You my past is over in You

All things are made new, surrendered my life to Christ.

I’m moving, moving forward.

I will follow You, forward.

-Israel Houghton

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)



1 Comment

  1. I am inspired. My soul is lifted from this powerful message. Thank You for sharing.

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