Get it in the Rear-View Mirror

Ecclesiastes 11:4
He who observes the wind
will not sow,
 and he who regards
the clouds will not reap.”
ESV

We drove past Licking, Missouri and crested a hill. A dead armadillo was molded into a perfect spike-strip for tires.  At 4:30 a.m. I was changing a flat. We drove that little donut/spare all the way to Jonesboro, Arkansas. I bought two tires, and we were on our way. We had the best vacation ever. 

I’ll never forget the time I asked a friend, “How are you doing with your battle?”

                  He said the best answer I’ve ever heard, “It’s in the rear-view mirror. I don’t let that take up the wind-shield of my life.”

                  Our lives are like a speck on the time-continuum of eternity. I had a week vacation in Gulf Shores that was like a grain of sand in the span of my life. I wasn’t about to let a dead armadillo steal the vacation we’d scrimped, saved, and waited two years for. 

You and I have this one window of time on earth to live as God intended….free (Galatians 5:1).  We don’t have time to let struggles camp out in our windshield and steal our life.  Ecclesiastes 11:4 has a simple key to keeping life in the windshield.  If you focus on wind and clouds, you will never get it done.  What that’s saying is that if you wait for the perfect conditions to start really living, it’ll never happen.

                  You’ve got this one stent here on earth.  Do you really want to waste good windshield time of the journey of your life always struggling and battling?  People pleasing, perfectionism, and passivity will keep you on the side of the road.  God’s grace can get all that junk in the rear-view mirror, but it’s a co-labor with God.  Our part is faith in Him; his part is to provide all we need to get through.  

By Aaron F. Jeffers

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