“If you cut short my story today, I’ll be back tomorrow to finish it”Unknown
Just a quick word today. I am sure that we have all heard about restoration and return. Today I will attend a graduation. When we think of graduating we think of the more popular definition but I want us to reflect on the secondary definition: arrange in a series or according to a scale. with this definition aligned with our lives then, we are expected to move from a state of lacking gradually to one of acquisitions and through these acquisitions, success will follow. So there are many students graduating this year who will be sent out with the understanding that by aiming and reaching higher heights the more successful they will be.
Forgotten or ripped from the pages of live’s stories are the failed attempts that require one to go back. No one wants to look back too intently and frequently when they are trying to reach the top. You’re told to look ahead; look as far ahead as you can. However, sometimes pushing ahead can lead to great suffering and not the success that many so desperately want. What we need to recognize is that life has many moments when we will have to go back, retrace our steps, find the knots, untangle them and come again. It may mean that the plans we have are not for us.
Going back is not often treated as a good act, many associate going back with not being able to let go. Instead of thinking of going back as something negative let us see this as a return to an interrupted story that will lead to success beyond your limited vision. In Amos 9:14 the Lord says:
and I will bring my people Israel back from exile.“They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit.
Along the way of chasing your dreams, when you stumble and fall, when you have done your worst and there is no where to go but down, going back is the only way you can truly succeed. Your brokenness can only be healed through the restorative act of going back; fixing what had been broken so that through healing you will find true success and a lasting peace that may have been eluding you.