I’ve wished I were in a movie many times before.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could wake up, hit the alarm, sigh, and then cut to you walking down the street to wherever you’re going? You could completely skip the agonizing act of getting out of bed and going through the morning routine that you just went through in that very realistic dream.
Some of my favorite movies, though, are ones that let you go back in time. One TV show features a character who constantly go back in time to relive, and sometimes fix, her greatest regrets.
After watching one too many episodes, or watching one too many back-in-time movies, I often wish I could go back in time… and fix that mistake I made, or make the clever remark that I thought of hours after the conversation, or talk to that person more…
I think that maybe I’ve messed up somehow and wonder what I would go back and change.
We’ve all made mistakes and we’ve all been frustrated with some of our decisions. I often start to wonder, what if I’d wound up going to such-and-such college? What if I’d become better friends with so-n-so?
“We can never know what may have happened, Lucy,” Aslan tells Lucy when she regrets not making the right decision earlier in the film Prince Caspian. “But what will happen is another matter entirely.”
I think that instead of focusing on all of the mistakes that we’ve made, we should focus on the truth that’s going to last forever– that God is righteous and loving and that His blood has covered and forgiven all of those mistakes.
We can certainly learn from our mishaps and all of the things that we would change, but then, we should turn our attention to what will happen; what we, as wiser, stronger Christians can do today, tomorrow, and for the rest of our purposeful lives here on earth.
“He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart,” says Ecclesiastes 5:20 (NIV). The New English Translation reads the last half of that verse as “God keeps him preoccupied with the joy he derives from his activity.”
There’s so much to do right here and now. Let’s not get stuck trying to relive a negative past the “right” way. I believe that God knows exactly what’s meant to happen every second of our lives, and that He doesn’t make mistakes.
Let’s press on to take hold of that for which Christ took hold of us- let’s be preoccupied with joy.