Saturday, May 22, 2010


There are a lot of squirrels scurrying across the road near my home. The crazy things just dart out in front of a moving vehicle without thinking. I'm sure if I need a brake job, it will be because of the squirrels! I know, sometimes it's safer to keep going then to give your passenger whip lash for the sake of a small squirrel. But trust me, when you've accidentally hit one and heard the big thud and felt the bump through the steering wheel, you'll brake for squirrels too!

I've actually learned a few things from these peculiar little creatures. The main lesson: Don't Turn Back! Most accidents involving squirrels occur because the poor little things run across the road and instead of making it safely to the other side, they get scared and turn around to run back never realizing there's not enough time. It's so sad and foolish on their part. I've seen them on the opposite curb safe from the oncoming vehicle and then for no reason just turn around and run back into the road. They never should have second guessed themselves.

I don't know about you, but I do that a lot in my own life. I second guess my instincts and turn around only to find myself in worse trouble than I started with. When we seek the Lord's will and listen for His voice, we need to commit to following Him and never look back despite the criticism and rejections coming at us. When God says move, we move. When He says stop, we stop. We can trust Him to lead us forward. If He says don't look back, then we better push forward and not look back.

"As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, "Flee for your lives! Don't look back, and don't stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away...But Lot's wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt" (Genesis 19:16 & 26).

Looking back has consequences. Dwelling on the past instead of moving forward into the future causes us to miss out on what the Lord has in store for us. Philippians 3:13-14 says, "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Don't look back!

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