Turn around and look behind you. Go ahead … look back as far as you’re able.
What’s back there? Can you at least recall the highlights (or lowlights!)
You may remember getting your tonsils out … your best friend in grade school. You may recall family vacations and summer camp and VBS. You may bring up the first crush you ever had and your first kiss.
But there’s more back there.
There may have been a young naïve heart getting broken … first job interview and first car. Possibly there could be a failed relationship or the loss of a baby after great anticipation and excitement.
But there’s still more back there. Can you see it?
You may remember advancements in your career … or the starting of a new one. You may recall losing a good friend to death, or even worse to neglect or misunderstanding. You can recite feelings of exquisite joy and perhaps the depths of despair. Looking back you can see life’s trail leading through lush meadows and along meandering streams and at other times up some of the steepest climbs of your life.
Yet there’s still something else back there that has been a part of your entire life. It was a part of your pre-school years, elementary school, into your teen years and has been a part of your life until this very moment.
Regardless of the speed of the journey you’ve been on, you’ve had a couple of constant companions behind you all the way. Look carefully and you’ll be able to see how consistent they’ve been … literally dogging your trail.
Their names? God’s Goodness and God’s Mercy! Take a moment to reflect on what life would have been like without these two.
“Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the
days of my life, and I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house
and in the presence of the Lord.” Psalm 23:6 Amplified Bible
This week thank God for the two traveling companions who have stayed with you every day of your life. With them at your side, every day literally in the presence of the Lord.
“How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them
before the watching world. Psalm 31:19 NLT
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy,
and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16 NLT