In the desert the whole community grumbled against
Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only
we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat
around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted,
but you have brought us out into this desert to starve
this entire assembly to death.” Exodus 16:2-3 NIV
As we go through life we will, from time to time, be in situations that… let us
say they are less than idle. It is during these times that we may look back on
life when things seemed better/easier, forgetting the struggle we went through.
Its funny how time can smooth over the hard times in our mind. This is what
was happening with the Israelites. They had been traveling around in the
desert, on foot with no water and now without food. They didn’t really want to
return to Egypt, but they were hungry and discontented.
I remember when I first started AA and was working the steps with my
sponsor, one of the first things she told me was “don’t get too tired, or too
hungry” You know why? We become ill in nature and stressed out, and this
makes us behave in ways that we wouldn’t normally. In this state of mind we
look for ways to make things easier and looking back with longing for what we
now perceive as being better is one of the worst things we can do.
No one but God can turn back time and life was meant to be lived forward. As
Christians, the only thing we should be looking backwards at is 1. Recalling
the things God has done for us, and 2. The lessons we learned (what tools/
knowledge have I learned that I can use in this situation). Our lives are lived
forward, not backwards, but so many people live their lives looking back on the
would of’s, should of’s, and could of’s that they become like a stagnate pond.
We are to be like a flowing river, always moving forward so hold tight to Gods
promises and keep your eyes on Jesus!