Which Way Are You Facing?

ford_woodywagon.jpg“You set me free to live my life; you became my reason to survive the great divide. You set me free”. – Scott Stapp

I may be aging myself here, but did anyone else have one of the station wagons like the one pictured growing up? If you did, then you will relate to this post. Many an hour was devoted to family trips traveling in this vehicle. Now if you remember, there was a unique feature of the backseat of this death trap. That’s right, it faced backwards. In other words, if you had the pleasure of sitting in the back, your view was always where you had been, not where you were going. Everyone else was facing what was coming, while you were always reminded of what had just been.

I have mentioned it more than once, but I think in the station wagon of life, I am still sitting in the backseat. For some reason, I want to always look at where I have been and never where I am going. I choose to relive mistakes, sin, regrets and failures over and over again. What I forget to remember is that Christ forgot those things.

Isaiah 44:22 states that “I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free”.

While others may struggle to forgive our sins, mistakes and failures, find peace in the fact that our Creator and Savior has forgotten them. We don’t have to life a life of regret and remorse. It’s time to get out of the backseat of the station wagon, and join the rest of the “family” facing the future and forgetting the road traveled….

5 thoughts on “Which Way Are You Facing?

  1. I love these ‘death traps’ our friends own a taxi business and drove these station wagons to pick up the kids from school, other then the obnoxious color, the boys loved riding in the back seat.
    I high school, my friend drove on of these and i drove a 76 chevy impala. We called them the boats. We were wrapped in metal and safe.
    Sometimes I think we care scared to ride in the front seat, afrraid to see where God is taking us. The back seat view, sees what we have done, its familiar, and even tho we don’t want to go back there, we know no other way.
    I was thinking about trusting in God and what that actually means.
    About laying down that backpack at His feet and never picking it back up again.
    (Pilgrims Progress reference)
    I enjoy reading your posts, your walk with God.
    Thanks, kristina

  2. I remember as a kid how I loved sitting in the back of the wagon watching other drivers. It must have been a bit unnerving for the other driver as 2 young kids stare meddlingly at him while he drove. Thanks for the verse, the post and the reminder to keep moving forward.

  3. Aaron, that was a fantastic post.

    “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead..”(Phil 3.13)

    -Martin.

  4. you have answered the bell again with another great post. i visit often looking for something to take away that day and you always deliver. I’ve never commented before so i thought i would take this opportunity to do so. God bless.

  5. Kristina – Amazing how our cars have changed. My Ford Fairmont in High School was called “the undercover cop car”.

    Storbakken – If we could just remember to “keep moving forward”

    Martin – Thanks for the verse. Excellent reminder.

    Eldon – Glad you find something of value. “I’m just a kid trying to make it home. No more, no less” – Mercyme

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