FRIDAY REFLECTIONS: Hindsight (and Foresight)

March 16, 2012 at 8:35 PM 2 comments

Wish I had 20/20 hindsight . . . yesterday!

Do you ever wish you knew what you know now…10 years ago?

Or how about 10 weeks…10 hours…or 10 minutes ago?

Wouldn’t it be lovely to avoid those messy mistakes, big and small, that leave us cringing with regret?

Sometimes in the hubbub of life, I lose focus. Even though I’m trying as hard as I can to read “the eye chart of life” accurately, now and then I’ll inadvertently skip a couple lines ahead…or accidentally blur the lines between what’s helpful and harmful…or in a thousand other ways slip up and make mistakes. And not only that, sometimes it goes even deeper. Sometimes I know exactly what the chart says, but in a moment of weakness or hurry or flat-out selfishness, I momentarily choose to stray from what I know is best. I let my heart fool me into believing a distorted version of  the truth.  We’ve all done it.  And regretted it.

Yet today as I was pondering this tendency, I got to thinking…

I wish there was a way to bring that 20/20 hindsight into the blurred-around-the-edges intensity of everyday life. Because in the pressure of the moment, I tend to lose sight of the big picture. Or what I think is the big picture turns out to be only a slice of the pie, and not the whole. I hate that.

It seems to me that leaving some margin around the edges of daily life is one way to minimize the blurring. Taking time to thoughtfully plan beforehand, not rush quite as much in the doing, and then pausing afterwards to reflect on what  worked and what didn’t. To listen and reflect, so that maybe next time around hindsight will give way to foresight, and heading mistakes off at the pass before they lead to regrets.

Ironically, regular readers of this blog may remember that this is the very practice I’m attempting to build into my morning and evening routine between now and Easter. Ever-so-imperfectly, I’ve been pausing, planning, reflecting…and leaving more white space around the edges of the day to hear God’s voice.

Yet more often than I’d like to admit, I still lose sight of the big picture and end up doing second, third, and even fourth things first. Can anyone else relate? It’s very humbling. Especially when this very week has included  some incredibly sweet times with the Lord where everything was clear and life was sweet. Yet at some point I after that, I still took my eye off the ball and lost track of my main priorities for the week. It’s not pretty, but there the truth is staring me in the face, like a glaring black-and-white eye chart. Yep, I missed the mark.

I guess one lesson to be learned is that as long as we’re here on earth wearing “tents of skin” we’re going to experience limitations. None of us will achieve perfection this side of heaven. We are in the process of transformation, which will only be fully complete once we see Him face to face. The other thought that stands out to me is this renewing your mind thing is a lifestyle of growth to be inhabited, not6-week plan to be implemented.

And then I faintly remember hearing God gently whisper that He’s not nearly as frustrated with my halting steps forward as I am. Like a parent watching their child learn to walk, He’s delighted with each attempt, even if it comes with stumbles and tumbles, and dusting off and beginning again. As C.S. Lewis once said, “God is easy to please, but impossible to satisfy.”

Oh Lord, we beg You to give us what Lewis calls the “full treatment.” How we hate it when we make mistakes or disobey, when deep down our spirits want only to please You!  Train our hearts and minds to be thoroughly Yours, to “see” as You see, and to live in quiet confidence that our lives are  truly focused on Your priorities for us. Please stop at nothing less than making us completely like Your Son Jesus!

Thank you for Your endless patience and insatiable desire to never give up until we are fully Yours. And thank you for Your precious blood that cleanses our hearts and minds, giving us ample room to learn and grow. We look forward with joy to the day when “we with unveiled face” will see You face to face…with no regrets!

“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” CORINTHIANS 3:18

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  • 1. Jennifer Nigh  |  March 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    i’m agree, monday and friday are reeeaaaaallllly close together. friday reflections it is! i’m going to get new glasses today so i’m all the more delighted with your topic for last friday’s reflections. since i didn’t read it til today its very timely and Gods little reminder that my blurred vision is more than physical. Glad i have an eye dr appt today, its a good jump start. so that hindsight may give way to foresight i need to seeing whats happening in nowsight!

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    • 2. Kimosphere  |  March 20, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      I love that…nowsight! Permission to use that?!?! What a great word! I’m also glad last the last Friday Reflections was so timely for your optical situation! Yes, nowsight is definitely a prerequisite for hindsight AND foresight!

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