One of the smartest people I know once shared with me,
“You live life looking forwards, but you understand life looking back.”
This simple statement has stuck with me as I stumble into conversations where it becomes relevant time and time again. The point being made is simple, but the ramifications profound. For me, the meaning of this short saying transcends into our spiritual life. As human beings we are always working to move forward in our relationship with God, but do we stop to look back at how God’s fingerprints are visible throughout the story that is our life? Proverbs 3:5-6 says,
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
There are so many different ways to open up this verse, but I want to focus on the last part, “He will make your paths straight.” If God is making our paths straight, five years down the road when we look back upon the paths we have actually taken, the results must point directly at God.
Take a moment with me and look back at some epic moments in your own life and write down one instance in which you were at a crossroads and made a decision. Now, directly underneath that, write the ways in which God might have worked through that experience and then come back to this blog… Got it?
Here’s the big catch – next time you sense someone is struggling with the idea of God, or is the type of person that struggles believing in things they cannot see (we call it having faith), tell them this story and see where the conversation goes. I think you will be amazed at the response you get when you show someone how you know God personally.
One final challenge for you – don’t complete this exercise just once. Go back and do it time and time again. Personally, I have tons of these, but 3 or 4 especially that I know indisputably God was at work & nothing else would make any sense otherwise. These experiences not only keep my faith strong during times of weakness (as I am seeing God work), but are incredible ways to build up those around you (Christian or not…).