We spend so much of our lives looking back, don't we?
Either in sorrow over things we did or didn't do, over loved ones lost, over the toll that our days have taken...
...or, perhaps worse, we look back on the good days that have gone, and will not come again.
A lot of songs, a lot of books play up this pathos of the human condition.
But God doesn't want that for you. He doesn't want you to wallow in the flood of the tears you shed.
But He doesn't ignore them. He saves them, and transfigures them, I think that they might become jewels on your crown in Heaven.
God saves our tears
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? - Ps. 56.8
You can't steer a plow while looking back over your shoulder, you can't drive a car forward while looking in the rear-view mirror (yes, I've tried, how did you guess?), and as Paul points out, you can't run a race while thinking about what's behind you.
The prize is ahead of you. Even if you've got terminal cancer, the choices you make going forward are the attainment of Christ's calling, the spreading of the Gospel, Heaven's work.
Whatever is past, is past. Leave it behind, both the failures and the successes.
Christ is NOW.
And finally, in the Kingdom of God, history does not repeat itself. Everything is made new, everything is transformed, everything is a fresh surprise.
Kind of like my dream car, a 60s VW Beetle with a 427 borrowed from a Shelby Cobra.
Behold, I make all things new
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. - Rev. 21:5
Music from Fleetwood Mac, Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
Sylvia looks forward to ice cream. Old ice cream is either all melty, or freezer-burned. Fresh, please!