Whatsoever things are true…think on these things. Phil 4:8
My latest Bible study is so full of good thoughts. It has been a life-changing idea to me that the past is not a True thing. While we do learn from the past and remember it, we cannot re-live it. It is not my reality today. When I continue to be defeated by past events or keep bringing up a bevy of what-if’s, I am not paying proper attention to Today.
Today is completely new. When we live in the past, and only think of the things that we have known in the past, we may miss the new and better thing that is right in front of us. In John 5, the crippled man at Bethesda pool looked for healing, but the only kind of healing he knew was to enter the pool. While he was lamenting his inability to claim that healing, he couldn’t see the Healer who stood before him.
Do we do the same? Do we spend years trying to rid ourselves of bad experiences, spending a fortune on therapists or doctors, but never seeing that in front of us, there is a Healer who is encouraging us to simply walk away from all of that? In Phil 3:13 we are encouraged to forget what lies behind.
Jesus told the man at Bethesda to get up and walk. The other gospels tell of a similar event that happened in Capernaum. All those accounts say that Jesus told the men he had healed to get up, pick up their beds, and walk. They were instructed to move on, not to examine the beds they had been confined to for so long, or to wash and redecorate them, but to get up and move along!
The time of crippling was over when those men met Jesus. They were able to get up and walk, even though under normal circumstances their muscles would not have carried them! And when they picked up their beds, they were able to bear them, and they no longer had to be carried by others.
I believe that Jesus wants us to do the same with our past hurts. Move on, walk forward. I have been given a new life.
What happened in the past is no longer my reality. It is now my testimony!
I now have the strength to bear my own weight, carry my own burden, and like the man who met Peter at the temple gate, to walk and leap and praise God!