An old peanuts cartoon has Lucy standing in the outfield of Charlie Brown’s baseball diamond. As a fly ball sails toward her, she remembers all the other times she’s dropped the ball and she drops this one too. Lucy calls out to Charlie Brown, who’s standing on the pitchers mound. “I almost had it, but then my past got in my eyes!”
“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18,19
This is a humorous but telling story of Lucy’s baseball past. She couldn’t shake the many times in previous games that she had dropped the ball. Most of us sports enthusiasts know exactly how that feels for there is none of us who have continually caught and secured the ball without an occasional drop. What a great analogy for what each of us may be facing in the present. Let’s be honest, we all feel the same way from time to time as we let our past mess up our vision of the present.
The ancient but powerful words of Isaiah are still right on point for us today. “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.” It’s time to move on my friend. This is a new day and a new week in which we can step away from the past. Despite what you are hearing, there are better and brighter days that are coming. In this spring season of hard ball, let’s all do the following:
Let go and let God have His way in your life.
Let go of your problems and let God handle them.
Let go of your hurt and let God heal you.
Let go of your fear and let God sustain you.
Let go of all your worries and let God bless you.
Pastor Daron Hudspeth