Like Job, we have no need to regret things which happen which we didn’t cause or is out of our control. Even when Job experienced loss of fortune and family, he stood firm, kept his grip on what was happening to him, and never lost his integrity.
When we question which bridge (over troubled water) we need to cross or burn, the process is not without pain. However, some of our past needs to be remembered for the good parts and to learn from the experience. When my son went through a divorce, my instinct was to hide the wedding pictures of the event. As I began to pack them away, I asked myself, “Why should I hide these?” The wedding was lovely and will always be a pleasant part of my memory. I’m guessing he had no regrets for saying, “I do.” Out of the union, he had many good memories and received the greatest gift of his life, his daughter.
When my marriage hit a rough spot at year 39, it looked as if my husband and I were burning the bridges of our marriage,too. With a lot of prayer and therapy, we were able to distinguish the flames before we burned the bridge of our past to the future. God blessed us with another decade of marriage before he crossed the bridge to his eternal home.
Help us, Lord, not to burn bridges before its time. Amen.