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Psalm 103:12 – He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. (TLB)
The loud pop startled me. I thought a stone had bounced off my windshield. But no. Instead, my rear window had splintered into a million pieces. Thankfully, none of the bits had fallen out of place and hurt someone. The main difficulty was that I could no longer see out my back window. Multi-sided glass now refracted light from every direction but the one I wanted.
Sometimes, we Christians mourn our past lives with bouts of the "what-ifs". We check out our rear window and ask questions like "What if I hadn't sinned by stealing, or getting divorced, or hurting so and so?" "What if God had saved me before I had had that painful experience?" "If only I hadn't … blah, blah, blah." Well, we did. It's in the past, and we can't change it. However, when we ask God, He forgives, removes our sin, and helps us look at it anew. Our past can shine in a bright way, in a new direction, showing others their way to freedom with our wonderful, merciful God. Our story can help others find God's restorative healing.
Luke 22:32b – When you have come through the time of testing, turn to your companions and give them a fresh start. (MSG)
Prayer: Lord, please shatter the back window of our lives. Shine Your light onto our bits and pieces for the benefit of the folks around us. In Jesus' name. Amen.