Tuesday, December 29, 2009
UN-RING THE BELL
"Although regret that leads to change is a dear friend, regret that leads to shame is a treacherous enemy." Patsy Clairmont wrote those words. How profound and true they are. Have you ever wished you could just start over? Or regret words that slipped out of your mouth in anger? My Grandmother used to say you can't "un-ring a bell". For a long time, as a child I thought about that statement. And for the longest time, I vowed to figure out how to do it. It wasn't until many year later I realized the wisdom that woman had. You can't go back and do it over. You can't go back to yesterday. You can't even start this day over. So what does that really mean? It means forge ahead. It means Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Looking back over my life the things I would have done differently would have been prayed more, trusted the Lord more and not tried to "chart my own path". Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord... It's still hard sometimes to sit back and wait. We pray and expect to hear from the Lord immediately. Just like at McDonalds when you order. That's not His plan. We don't "order". We give our cares and concerns to Him and wait for His time. Many years ago I read about a "box for God to do." If I could live my life over, that's one thing I would change. When I pray, I would put it in "the box for God to do." In my minds eye, I would close the lid, and leave it with Him. He has it all planned out anyway. And I'm so glad He does.