I'm going a bit 'retro' this morning.... I grew up playing records.... big, black vinyl records. (I did have a cool red one and might have even had one with a picture on it, but for the most part, they were black...) The first records I bought were produced by K-Tel. (Dynamite and Canadian Mint as I recall.)
Records were great until they got scratched. Once they were scratched, the needle would skip and the record would play the same phrase over and over until you lifted the needle and moved it past the skip.
I had a conversation with a friend this week. We were discussing how to help people who face recurring issues in their lives. We see it far too often in our work. Good people with great potential get 'stuck' at a point in their lives. Their loss, pain, injustice, failure or setback affects them like a scratch on an old record. Sadly, they seem oblivious to the seriousness of their situation. For them, what could be an opportunity to be wiser, stronger, better equipped and aware, becomes a recurring phrase in the soundtrack of their lives. It sounds like this.... my life was good and then the b-bad thi, b-bad thi, b-bad thi.. until someone mercifully picks up the needle and moves it ahead of the scratch.
I'm not making fun of people who have had bad things happen in their lives. I want to help them get past their pain so they can move forward towards what God has in store for their lives. If you are reading this, and your past is affecting your present and future negatively, I have good news for you!
You were made to be an overcomer! You were made to live free from the pain of your past! Your past can be a building block for you future if you let it!
Ask Jesus to heal the 'broken' part of your past that you keep replaying and reliving. Ask him to turn your mourning into dancing and your sorrow into joy so that you can move forward into the goodness and greatness of all that God has for you!
He's written a beautiful sound track for your life! Get past the skip and let the music play on!