I wish that time travel were possible. Don’t you? If you could only travel to the past and back, what year in your lifetime would you travel to?
Failure Is Not Final
I would like to go back twenty years and tell myself after being let go from that first youth pastorate after college and having another door of ministry close that I shouldn’t lose heart. Youth ministry was not going to be over for me. In fact, believe it or not, in just ten short years I would be elected to lead a whole state of youth ministries.
I would tell myself to forget about those hurts and frustrations because, in time, their impact would wane and the life lessons learned from those tough times would set us up to have more wisdom in life. I would tell myself that the Lord always provides, and so there was no need to worry about finances… even in taking that job that paid half of what we had been making, the Lord would end up helping us get out of debt.
Miracles Still Happen
After that trip, I would like to zoom forward ten years from there to the time when we were unable to have children biologically and the adoption wasn’t coming together. I would tell myself to hang in there… to not give up hope. I would tell myself not to despair because within a year we would be miraculously pregnant with the first of two boys. Joy would flood our lives and wipe out so much of the pain and sorrow. (I think I would also tell myself to sleep a lot more in preparation for those boys. ha!)
Oh, to be able to travel back in time and let myself know that there is light at the end of the tunnel… there is hope in the midst of despair… there is provision where there seems to be lack… there is fulfillment where there is longing.
Oh, to be able to travel back in time and tell myself that all those Scriptures about faith are true. To be able to tell myself that God really does come through every time. To be able to tell myself to be strong and courageous because God is bringing victory.
The old adage which fits this concept is, “If I only knew then what I know now.” Or perhaps you prefer, “Hindsight is 20/20.” Yet the truth that would be true for us to take back to our younger selves is still absolutely true today. Jesus is that truth (John 14:6)… and He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
If you’re struggling today, ask yourself these questions:
- Will it matter five years from now?
- Will it matter ten years from now?
- Will I care about this at all twenty years from now, or will it just be a part of my story to share with others?
- What would I want my older self to come back and tell me right now?
- What Scripture would have proved itself once more to be true in your life?
Well, maybe you can’t go back in time and tell your younger self the things you needed to know for sure back then. And I guess your older self can’t come back and tell you the truths you need to hear right now.
Truth Lives On
But the God who existed before time began and will exist after the clock of time stops… the God who knows the end from the beginning… the God who recorded every day of our lives in His book before a single one began… speaks those truths to us from His written Word. He also speaks them to our hearts and minds if we are listening.
Shhhh… Just Listen
And maybe, just maybe, He is even speaking to you right now as you read this blog. Maybe He is saying…
It’s going to be okay. Things are going to work out. Miracles are on their way. He is going to come through for you. Don’t give up. Let go of the hurt and hold on to His hand.
It is, you know… It’s going to be okay. There are better days ahead.