Isaiah 43:18 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”
I treasure that verse. And I remember a time when I was first learning to make that verse part of me, and to truly let go of past mistakes.
Then, my daughter Victoria was 4 (she is now 22, just graduated college, and about to be married to her long-time sweetheart, whom she met at church camp over 8 years ago! God is good!), and she and I were dancing to Jesus. We were praising the Lord to the music of Pastor and recording artist Danny Chambers. We were full of joy and blissful, in our bare feet on the plush rug in front of the stereo.
I had my eyes closed, and had learned to worship in freedom with my hands raised, reveling in the presence of the Lord. Tori was following me across the rug.
“Mama!” I heard my little one say, “Can I walk in your footprints?”
I stopped, and looked down at the places where I’d stepped. Thoughts of the past hit me–a quiver full of the enemy’s fiery darts. For a moment, I hesitated, and almost said, “only those (footprints) that follow Christ!,” but then, the Holy Spirit rose up in me and reminded me that there is NOW no condemnation to those of us in Christ Jesus, that I was to forget the past, for HE had freed me from many bondages (AMEN!).
I knelt down beside my little one, hugged her, then looked deep into her eyes. “Yes, Baby,” I told her, “you can follow me because I follow Jesus!”
Prayer: Dear Father in Heaven, help us to follow You in spirit and in truth, that we may lead our little ones in every right way, to Your glory and their benefit! In Jesus’ name, Amen.