“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?” Isaiah 43:20
Our minds have a way of getting into a cycle of reverting to a memory we’ve given the most attention. Frequently, this frequently happens when I’m offended by someone or when I’ve hurt someone without being aware of the situation until I’m told.
One time I referred a computer person, without testing her skills, to an author I met at the swimming pool to help her back up and typeset her manuscript. Somehow, the project turned into a nightmare—pages misplaced, some missing, and it took more time for the author to correct the manuscript than it would have for her to do the revisions herself. The woman was furious with me for referring the computer “specialist” to her. For weeks I avoided her at the swimming pool and thought of the mess when I woke up in the middle of the night. I had given the concern an unreasonable amount of time.
If I had gone to the author and told her I was sorry for the frustration and inconvenience caused by my error in judgment, perhaps she would have made it easier for me to forgive myself. We then could have started over building a relationship instead of me having to wear sunglasses and a floppy hat while at the pool.
Lord, help us see that something good can come out of something unfavorably. Amen.