Sometimes it’s the road behind that illuminates the way forward. A year ago we had a rare May snow. It was wet and heavy and didn’t stick around. It couldn’t. Our orbit around the Sun was too deep into the warmth of spring.
So far, this spring is cold. It could snow again this May. Chances are that it won’t but if it does, it won’t be like last year. As Aslan told Lucy, “Things never happen the same way twice.”
Our circumstances change and so do we. From this May we can glance back. A glimpse of where I stand today in light of where I’ve been changes my perspective on the road I walk. Peter, who to me is the disciple of perpetual hope, reminds me that the journey is not about perfection; it’s about progress:
“Now for this very reason, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1: 8- 10
Take a look back. Think of it as a scenic pullout along your road. Does what you see give you hope to carry on or does it urge you to make a course correction? Sometimes I find both.