“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see.” Corrie Ten Boom
Making Peace with the Past
Like it or not, our past is part of us. It doesn’t have to define us or limit us. But hiding it, denying it or trying to run from it is a losing proposition. Those old sayings:
- Let sleeping dogs lie
- Don’t cry over spilled milk
- Leave the past in the past.…are no more truth than “Sticks and stones will break my bones but names can never hurt me.” Words are powerful and so are our heritages. Harsh words may actually be harder to redeem than horrible heritages.But there is nothing that cannot be transformed by God. Buried deep in the Old Testament is a verse that inspired me as I grappled with redeeming the past.Joel 2:25 says, “I, the LORD your God, will make up for the losses caused by those swarms and swarms of locusts…” My family heritage was not as bad as the yuck I created for myself, but I had a past that needed to be redeemed!No matter why we have things we don’t like in the past, we need to let God redeem the ugliness. Each day His mercies are new, and He sets before us a choice:
Life or Death; Blessing or Curse.
It is our choice! Let’s look at how.