Exo 16:1-3 MSG
1 On the fifteenth day of the second month after they had left Egypt, the whole company of Israel moved on from Elim to the Wilderness of Sin which is between Elim and Sinai.
2 The whole company of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron there in the wilderness.
3 The Israelites said, “Why didn’t GOD let us die in comfort in Egypt where we had lamb stew and all the bread we could eat? You’ve brought us out into this wilderness to starve us to death, the whole company of Israel!”
Growing up there was one movie I enjoyed watching that was, The Wizard Of Oz. In that movie we hear Dorothy make a statement “there’s no place like home”. There are moments in my life that I find myself thinking the very same thing.
In the early 90’s my grandmother decided to sell her house. This house held such great memories for everyone who ever visited her there. After she sold it and moved into a subsidized seniors apartment. Just shortly after that I was talking with my mother. I am not sure how the subject arosed my mother told me, “I can never go home again”.
In my weak moments I pine for my childhood days during the summers I spent there with my grandparents and my one aunt. It didn’t have a televison, computers were still -sci-fi, but somehow I was happy. Also, during these times I find myself going to the phone then realising I cannot call home for they are now passed on.
There are a multitude of factors that if we allowed them they would keep us looking back in the rear view mirror. We cannot move forward for we are stuck in a past that we cannot have back. And for the most of them alot of them were not so good times.
Advice is given to addicts in recovery are told to stay away from triggers that would cause them to fall back into old habits. It may mean not associating with former friends, avoiding going to the places where we gave in to those habits of addiction.
So it was with the Hebrew children while in the wilderness. They were angry with Moses for they thought it would have been better to stay and die in Eygpt. They had regrets of following Moses to the barren land they found themselves in.
The Apostle Paul left us instructions that we can avoid the rear view mirror, he writes for us “press toward the mark”.
Php 3:12-16 MSG
12 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.
13 Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus.
14 I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
15 So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet!
16 Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.(emphasis mine)
I would challenge every reader that if you want to be the homesick blues, depression, regrets, stop looking in the rear view mirror of your past life!