DESIGNED FOR SAFETY: but can be dangerous!

SAFETY and DANGERDriving would be more difficult and more dangerous without our properly-adjusted rear vision mirrors. While driving, we use the broad view through the windscreen as we move ahead, but we also use the rear view mirrors for reference, making quick, periodic glances into them for information to aid us in driving decisions. Reversing or changing lanes would be hazardous without them.

DRIVINGHowever, concentrating on our rear vision mirrors while moving forward would lead to disaster. Can you imagine driving a twisting road over mountain ranges while looking mainly in the rear view mirrors? Or driving in heavy city traffic? Disaster would be assured!

Our past is like a car’s rear view mirror.

Our past worthwhile accomplishments and happy times, along with mistakes, problems and even disasters can all be used to our advantage to help us make good decisions as we move forwards. CONCENTRATING on our past, however, would have the same disastrous effect as trying to drive by those rear view mirrors.

We cannot effectively or safely move ahead by looking only (or mostly) in the rear view and ignoring the present circumstances or the view ahead. Nor can we allow the rear view to be a distraction from the present. Just as proper use of the mirror ensures a safer, smoother trip to our destination, so it does in life.

exclamationWe are not to DWELL on our past, exclamation
but live by USING the lessons of the past
as a reference to aid our journey into the future.

Remembering how God undertook for us in previous trials and how He provided our needs and encouraged and strengthened us enables us to rely on Him with confidence. Knowing how He has used those past trials in our lives to mature us and to give us a special ministry in His service enables us to continue in His strength. We praise God for the amazing gift of now, with hindsight, being able to look back on previous troubles and torments and be thankful for them. And so, we are able to move ahead confidently, with our eyes firmly focused on Him and His will.

God uses the history of the children of Israel many times as a lesson to encourage them to trust Him. The 72 verses of Psalm 78 is one example. Jesus and Paul both used events of history (Old Testament records) to call the people to consider their present and future, and to give examples to consider, but their main message was the NOW and on moving ahead with a fixed focus, to their eternal destiny.

Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Philippians 3:14 NLT
I PRESS ON to reach the end of the race
and receive the heavenly prize
for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Hebrews 13:5-6 NLT
GOD has said
“I will never fail you.  I will never abandon you.”
So WE can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?”

Psalm 91:14-15 NLT
“I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer.
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honour them.“

Philippians 1:6 NLT
being confident of this very thing,
that He who has begun a good work in you will COMPLETE it
until the day of Jesus Christ.

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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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29 Responses to DESIGNED FOR SAFETY: but can be dangerous!

  1. Heather says:

    Dear Angela,

    I was thinking of you this evening and wondering how you have been.
    Your presence here is missed. Praying you are well.

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    • Thanks Heather. I had 11 operations in 2014 . . . much time unable to sit , , , still having trouble . . . another procedure early February, then again in April. In all, I have been conscious of God’s abiding presence, His undertaking and keeping. I hope to return to wordpress in a few weeks, but we’ll see . . .
      Thanks for your thoughts and prayers – hope to catch up again soon.

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  2. Lyn Leahz says:

    Hey sister! Hope you are doing okay and having a wonderful new year!!!! Love you and miss you. You can write to me anytime at!!! Praying for you. Hope this here blesses you…I also pasted it in comments on ptl’s page… I made it last week… a song I wrote and put it to music I created on a program on my computer. Very powerful! Love and hugs to you!

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  3. Rob Barkman says:


    I am praying for you everyday. Lord bless you.


  4. Reblogged this on Lillie-Put and commented:
    Ate you living in the past?


  5. Amen Angela. If we live in the past we will at the very least miss the blessings of the present and the future. At worst we will turn those blessings into curses by so doing.

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  6. Debbie says:

    Thank you for encouraging us to stay safe on our journey with Jesus, not getting wrecked by looking at our past for too long. Recently I found a box of pictures from a much earlier time. God blessed me as I looked through them and saw smiling faces and remembered fun times. The rear view mirror satan tries to get me to use always shows me failing and hurting everyone.
    God bless you and yours, dear mentor Angela!

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    • Debbie, when satan tries to point the finger at you, just remind him that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin. All failure and hurt is in the past and g-o-n-e! We can remember a lesson we learned from those times, but there is NO condemnation and NO self-recrimination.

      Debbie, since I cannot comment on your blog, I want to thank you again for your wonderful, God-inspired ‘simple poems’ and thoughts. I praise God for you and for your ministry.


  7. Rob Barkman says:

    As I grow older, I find myself looking back more and taking inventory of my life. It is exactly as you say Angela…. some looking back is good, but dwelling on our past sins and failures can be devastating. May the Lord help us to use our past to learn lessons while not dwelling on it!

    Thanks for this posting/reminder Angela. It held a special blessing for me.

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  8. πίστις says:

    Well said Angela. Always looking to the past is an invitation to Satan to accomplish the thwarting of God’s design for us.


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    • Thanks Greg. I certainly agree that allowing the past to dominate is unhealthy and dangerous. Satan could have a field day with my past, but praise God, HE is in control and I am free from condemnation.

      Since God freed me from my past, He enables me to look back with thankfulness and He uses my past to enable me to help others – BUT my focus is on Him and His way for me now and all the way home.

      We serve an incredibly amazing God.


  9. Heather says:

    Yes, yes, yes!
    Sadly, it is a strong temptation for me to constantly relive my foolish choices and punish myself with alternative woulda-coulda-shoulda scenarios. It’s as though I somehow believe that I can make myself “sorry” enough to deserve forgiveness.
    It’s a very self-centered focus which prevents me from going to Christ for forgiveness and cleansing from whatever unrighteousness I’ve committed.

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    • Heather you remind me of myself as I was before the Lord gave me complete and absolute freedom from my 22 years of extreme abuse and from my past memories.

      I well remember the day, soon after I became a blood-bought, adopted child of the living God, when I found, from God’s Word, that when He forgave my sins, they were completely gone, and I was clean. If I mentioned a previous sin to Him again, He would say “My dear child, you must be mistaken. I have NO RECORD of that!”

      Our past is part of us. We cannot ignore it, but we can USE it. Over more than 50 years in childrens/youth ministry, I have used past experiences to advantage in counselling and mentoring. I can relate and they know it and take notice. I can therefore praise God for EVERYTHING in my past – good, bad and horrendous – and trust Him with my now and my future.


      • Heather says:

        Thank you for the reminder, Angela. He does indeed work every believer’s experience for our ultimate good.
        After giving in to the temptation in a very big way, I spent quite a long time wallowing in guilt and fear over some sinful attitudes the Lord had shown me. And He has been gracious to let me see that the root of both the initial sin and the reaction to correction were rooted in the fact that I had idolized myself in some ways.

        He is good. And I thank Him for caring enough to discipline His children. I forgot to mention before that I am able to blog again, but it’s a new site with a more intentional theme. The little icon by my name here links directly to it if you ever feel like stopping in

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  10. Pure Glory says:

    It is only when we focus on the bull’s eye of the target that we can hit it. So also we must keep Jesus as our focus and move with him. He is our present and future. We can’t go wrong when we keep in step with him.


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