Daily Delight

Monday, June 13, 2016

When we drive, there’s this small window of space within our range of vision called our blindspot. Checking our blindspot allows us to glimpse what is going on behind us. But what happens if a glimpse turns into a gaze? We never look long enough to find out, because if we did, we’d swerve all over the road, lose our point of reference and potentially drive right off the road! Likewise, God does not want us to gaze at our spiritual blindspot - what is otherwise unseen had we just kept our eyes fixed straight ahead, upon Jesus. As a person who errs on the side of being “analytical”, I can sometimes fall into the habit of gazing at the past. How easy it is to glance at our past mistakes and failures - or even easier - to look at other people’s mistakes and failures - and let that glance turn into a hostile gaze. If we hold that gaze, it turns into an ugly glare. We become consumed in yesterday. What we could have done better, what we should have done, how people ought to have treated us. I believe God has fitted our life with rear vision mirrors - He allows us reflect back on our yesterday’s and make evaluative assessments that keep us on track. “Oops, maybe there’s a better way I should have handled that situation” or “oh wow I need to ask for forgiveness for doing that.” He wants us to continue to check our rear vision mirrors so we stay on course, making a straight journey toward Jesus and not damaging anyone on our way! Every now and then, a GLIMPSE behind us is necessary. But He doesn’t want us to crane our head around and hold eye contact with the past. To become fixated on what we did or did not do. His mercies are new every day for this reason. Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand new” - Isaiah 43:18-19 (MSG) 

{words: @paperandtreasure ; photo:@bekahkay}

About the Author

Nikki Dent≫ ≫Nikki is a new generation speaker, writer, pastor and surfer from Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia. Her life involves a kaleidoscope of roles, platforms, layers, colours, stories and seasons. 26 & Married to a skater boy with two gorgeous baby girls, Nikki has been teaching and preaching the Word of God since she was 19 years old. She is insanely passionate about helping people seek, understand, experience and fall in love with the Word of God for themselves - which is why she founded Paper & Treasure, a website designed to be a tool in the hand of young women who want to dig for treasure in the paper of their bibles. She'd love for you to pay it a visit at www.paperandtreasure.com, and you can find her on Instagram @paperandtreasure


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