I learnt an interesting fact recently. “Emus and Kangaroos can’t walk backwards”.
That made me start thinking – how much time do we spend looking in the rear view mirror while trying to walk forward? We spend a lot of our lives regretting decisions we made and living in our own self-imposed prisons while the rest of the world moves forward.
I watched the Olympics last night and beamed with pride and joy as David Rudisha (http://trackandfield.about.com/od/middledistance/p/David-Rudisha-World-Record-Holder-At-800-Meters.htm) not only brought the Gold home for Kenya in the men’s 800metres race, but also broke his own world record at the same time.
Later, he said “I am very happy, I’ve waited for this moment for a very long time. To come here and get a world record is unbelievable. I had no doubt about winning. Yesterday the weather was beautiful – I decided to go for it.” WOW – That is greatness personified. Watching the race, he led from the beginning and widened his lead with each confident stride. He never looked nervous at the beginning of the race and not once did I see him look back back during the race. He was prepared to win, conditioned to win, created to win and groomed to win – and WIN HE DID!!!
I compare this to another race I watched earlier in the Olympic games. It was a women’s qualifier’s race in the individual medley, and the lady winning (she may have been from the US) kept glancing over her shoulder. She still won but by a mere margin. The commentators noted this and mentioned that she lost time every time she did that but it seemed to be out of habit.
Romans 12:2 tells us not to conform to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, that we may prove God’s GOOD, ACCEPTABLE and PERFECT will for our lives. It strikes me that we can be in God’s will in one of two ways. We can be in His Good and Acceptable will or His Good and Perfect will. So all the choices we make in life each have a consequence. It might be that we make choices and because He is a God of free will and perfect love, He allows us to make those choices and will still bless us in them, although He may have had a better way to do it (not that the path we chose was an evil one or a wrong one, perhaps it was just not the one He had in store for us had we waited a little longer or listened a little more intently).
So I have two choices in front of me in terms of job offers. Both for the exact same position, both for the same exact amount of money. And I pray about it but because I’m concerned the offers may expire and perhaps I’ve been waiting on a job for so long, I hold my breadth and pick what looks like the better choice based on the ability to grow and vastness of the company and it’s history. Is it the best choice? Perhaps … Perhaps not. It’s only years later when I look back and reflect and realize that this path, or the other path, would still both have led me where I am meant to be today. I have had a great run in this line and have very few regrets. Definitely not enough to think perhaps I made the wrong choice – but it’s so much easier to say that now than that day so many years ago. When all is said and done, I am convinced that I’m walking in God’s Good and Perfect will for my life, not just His Good and Acceptable will.
So back to the Kangaroos and the Emus – They are amazing creatures that have decided to live as kings in their own dominions and never look back therefore never having the benefit of thinking that maybe, just maybe this was not the path they were to take. Unlike human beings. Unlike you. Unlike me. It’s not so easy to walk 100% looking forward, only because so often we have conditioned ourselves like the lady swimmer to look back every so often and see who’s chasing us or who’s catching up. My path is my path and nobody else can walk that path. I was created to do something spectacular that only I can achieve. Only David could kill Goliath; only Mary could bear the Messaiah; only Moses could part the Red Sea; only Joshua could bring down the walls of Jericho; only Nehemiah could rebuild the sacred city walls; only Jonah could survive the smelly belly of a whale; only YOU could be YOU and only BEV could be BEV!
So I will continue to walk my path, seeking Him first and looking to please only Him. I will not look away and I will not glance behind me. I will fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith and in so doing I know it is possible to move from God’s Acceptable will to God’s Perfect will for my life (after all, God is good and all that is in Him is good. The only path I have to choose is between Acceptable and Perfect. I desire Perfect as God is perfection personified. So I will go about doing what I do and enjoying it to the best of my ability. I will toast to the future and excel in the present knowing that my past is my history that was cleared by His story. I am perfection personified because my Father is Perfection divinified!