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JULIE WELLS: Forgive, forget the past just like He does

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

While driving home the other day I found myself looking in my rear view mirror several times. There was a car behind me making me pretty nervous. He was the kind of driver that rides your bumper and seems to be in such a hurry behind you that he swerves to see if he can pass you.

I found myself so involved with what was going on behind me that I almost forgot to pay attention to what was going on in front of me.

Thankfully, nothing happened. The driver behind me got to where he was going, which meant he was no longer riding my bumper, and I was able to refocus on the cars in front of me.

But all of that got me thinking. I was so busy trying to watch my back that I wasn't paying attention to what was coming. The cars in front of me had stopped suddenly,and I really had to hit my brakes hard to stop. Again, thankfully no wrecks happened.

I know I scared the poor lady that was in front of me, so I tried to wave as best as I could to her to let her know I sorry for scaring her.

But here is the thing -- how often do we find ourselves stuck or in a rut because we are looking at our past? We lose focus and take our eyes off of what is really important.

Sure, there is nothing wrong with being an aware driver, but I was so aware of the things behind me that I almost caused a wreck of things in front of me.

Let us not be so confused and dismayed of the things that are behind us. There is a reason it is called the past. More importantly, the Bible says that the Lord forgives and forgets, that we are a new creation in Him.

So this week, if you find your past or former things creeping up on you and taking over the things to come and a new day, just give it all to the Lord.

Every time I get in my car, I've shared this with you all before, I pray before I leave. I pray for God's hand of protection over me and that car. That is me giving my travels over to Him and leaving it in His hands.

I know without a shadow of a doubt He protected me from a wreck this week. Isn't it funny how He uses things like driving to remind us of the greater things that are yet to come?

Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at julie.wells@rockdalecitizen.com.