Currently my wife is tearing down walls
of our double-wide
making way for new walls
Being a badass
being bold enough to tear down walls,
which were good at the time,
but new ones are needed for growth
to build families and futures
and a new home
better than even the people before us knew.
What a wonderful word!
The idea of our past mistakes being forgiven absolutely.
Are there still consequences for our actions? You bet.
But now we are not stuck in the past,
having instead been given a new way truth and life in which we can walk,
a future of promise.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you.
Plans to give you hope and a future.”
Don’t just sit there,
huddled over your bruised ego.
Don’t you know that the death of self
is the beginning of life,
everything that is beautiful and affirming
the things that foster community and love
while everything else will blow away like leaves?
It’s far too easy to live in the past-
to focus on what WAS said, what WAS done.
We can spend a lifetime chasing the cars of history,
instead of living in the now,
which is such a living thing. If you turn away
for even one second, you miss it.
Then, it’s in the past.
Life is an hourglass with the past shrinking and the future expanding
right before our eyes,
to cling to the past is like
living in a room of ever-shrinking walls,
to embrace the future is to surrender to an ever-expanding horizon
Moses and Aaron never arrived
at the Promised Land;
but, still they trod in faith
the path set out for them,
trying to make tomorrow
better for next generation.
Standing on the brink of infinite horizons,
I take a breath and say,
“all right, God, what’s next?”