“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,” Philippians 3:13 NKJV
Some things are intended to move with us. Memories. Love. Lessons learned.
Others are meant to be left behind and buried such as regret, disappointment, and fear.
Spring as a verb means to move in a forward direction; it also suggests momentum and height.
Some of us have lost our momentum. Others are not reaching high enough to attain the promises and abundance God generously gives.
In the above verse, emphasis is placed on the I do. This indicates that it is an active and continual process to forget those things which are behind and reach forward.
It takes effort to let go of pain and hurt. Remaining somber and disgusted won’t make the memories and emotions fade. It takes a concerted effort to forgive and forget. It takes a determination to reach, think, and look forward.
But it is God’s will for us to look forward and to look up!
In spite of the many miracles experienced by the Israelites in their journey toward the Promised Land, their faith did not overcome the temporary discomforts of moving to a better place. They complained. A lot.
In fact, their lack of faith, complaining, and the poor report from the spies sent to survey the land promised to them angered God so that these naysayers never lived to see the promise fulfilled (Ref Numbers Chapters 13 and 14). We would do well to learn from their mistake.
With the anticipation of spring, signs of rebirth, and the Easter Season soon upon us, we should renew our minds and spring forward toward those promises God has given us. As unique as we are, so too, are the promises of God.
Joshua didn’t lose faith. He kept a positive attitude. Joshua was so confident in the power of God he didn’t allow what he saw at present to affect his vision for the future.
We can reach our Promised Lands, whatever they are, when we do the same.
“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert,” Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV