There may be things in your life that you wish you could have done differently. It is impossible to go back and change the past, but what we can do is re-do, makeover, and make changes that will make our future much brighter.
As I am getting ready for my trip to Puerto Rico to celebrate my 35th birthday in a few days, I find myself excited and giddy about the whole thing. This will be the first time that I have taken a vacation without any drama preceding my departure! The last time I went to Puerto Rico I was on my honeymoon. What is so terrible about that right? To give a background story to the whole thing, I was totally stressed out the whole time! The planning of the trip I did on my own with no help from my now ex-husband. I researched, I arranged, I booked, I paid, and I packed for the both of us. By the time we arrived I was so irritated with my husband and dead tired all at the same time. All I wanted to do was sleep! Nothing romantic was crossing my mind at all, I just wasn’t in the mood (makes for an interesting honeymoon, huh?). To make a long story short, the trip was a bust. There were some positives to the vacation, but not as you would think when it comes to going on a honey moon with someone you love.
The question you may ask is, well why are you going to that place where a bad memory resided? You would think I would pick somewhere new to celebrate this milestone, right? My purpose of planning and going on this trip in the same place where bad memories resided was because I wanted a do-over. I want new memories to replace the uncomfortable ones. I loved the vacation spot I was in; I just didn’t like what happened in that space. A re-do is necessary!
I am saying all of this to say that there may be things in your life that happened that you wish you could take back. Instead of living in regret, live in re-do! My Faith and trust in Him made way in my mind for Him to make things new. All throughout scripture we read how God states He makes things new again. Isaiah 43:18 states “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old”, and Revelation 21:5 “And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” and lastly Isaiah 65:17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind”. Allow God to give you new experiences and a new outlook on former things. Allow Him to do a new thing! Go back and deal with that bad memory and replace it with something good! Some things we just cannot ignore but have to face head on in order to heal completely which requires much forgiveness of ourselves and others. This is a much needed trip as part of being one out of many re-dos I will make in my life in order to make way for a happy God given future.