Spring is one of the most pleasant and beautiful seasons. Nature awakens from its winter sleep, and birds which were silent during the winter once again sing their songs! Changing temperatures and blooming flowers are some of the tell-tale signs that spring is fast approaching. To prepare for this season change, we set our clocks forward one hour and shift daylight further into the evening, which allows us to have more light in those evenings to enjoy.
You may be asking, “What does the time change have to do with anything?” Just as we adjust time when the season changes to spring, we have to adjust our lives to continue moving into the new seasons God has planned for our lives. God has destiny and promise awaiting us in our future that He cannot wait to share with us. But there’s a catch: we can’t stay in our current season. No matter how safe or comfortable you may feel where you are right now, it is never God’s will for you to stay put! Paul said in Philippians 3:14 that we should press towards the mark and continue moving forward in Christ.
Personally, there have been times when I have felt disqualified from God’s calling in my life because of my sin and mistakes I have made. I even wanted to step back from ministry. Paul touched on this in Romans 8. He understood that his past had no control over his future. If we submit our will to God, He can use us in spite of the sins we’ve committed because God likes to work with broken people. Using someone broken allows God to demonstrate how powerful and mighty He is, because when that person rises up and becomes an incredible warrior in the kingdom of God, it will show that nobody but God could have done it! God will forgive you and cast your sins behind Him if you allow him to.
One of the worst things we can do as Christians is to hold onto our past. Do you remember that story in Genesis 19 about Lot’s wife? As the Lord destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for their wickedness, He warned Lot’s family to escape the cities and not look back at the destruction. Lot’s wife, who had been born and raised there, couldn’t keep herself from looking back at the cities. When she did so, she turned into a pillar of salt. Think about it. She didn’t return to those cities—she just looked! This
demonstrates the importance of keeping our eyes on the future and not glancing over our shoulders for even one second.
My youth pastor made an amazing point when he was teaching us about moving on from our past. “When you leave school or work on that Friday afternoon,” he said, “do you look back at the school or your job as you’re driving away and wish you could go back? Of course not! You cannot wait to escape and enjoy your weekend. That’s how it goes with God! He wants to take us to amazing places, but we constantly look back and dwell on things in our past that are not worth returning to.”
There are even times when God completely delivers us from sin, and we keep going back to the trash He saved us from. God brought all of the Israelites out of Egypt, and they still wanted to go back. They were SLAVES! We cannot keep returning to the filth from our past just for some momentary pleasure, nor can we return to being slaves to our sin. We have to accept the deliverance God granted us and continue to walk in the paths of righteousness.
We are living in the season of God’s return. We have no idea when he could come back for His people! We don’t have time to be falling in and out of love with God. We need to purpose to run the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1). Oh, and keep this in mind: the windshield is always bigger than the rearview mirror! What’s ahead of you will be greater than anything that is behind you.
My name is Danielle Coke, and I am a high school senior in Georgia. I attend DeKalb United Pentecostal Church where Rev. Myron Wideman is my pastor. I love music, spending time with family and friends, and having fun!