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From the genesis of automobiles, rearview mirrors have been a standard part of a vehicle’s equipment. It’s designed to let drivers know what’s behind them while moving forward. On the other hand, an automobile’s windshield is designed to allow the driver to see what’s in front and shield the driver from being struck by flying objects. Without a windshield, the driver’s life would be miserable. I believe that we can agree that all of us need this protection while driving.

Using the analogy of the windshield for protection and being able to see the big picture, it is my belief that as we move forward in life, you need a Divine Protector to help you see the big picture and avoid pitfalls. Reflecting back on my life, I can say that I have avoided pitfalls because of the Divine Protector. I was too obsessed with looking in my rearview mirror. I am fully convinced that all of us need protection to shield us from interference that clouds our ability to see what is ahead of us. We are constantly bombarded by world events that affect our personal lives and looking into our rearview mirrors serves only to remind us of the past.

We need to be able to focus on life’s big picture through our windshield. Televangelist Joel Osteen said, “When you drive home today, you’ve got a big windshield on the front of your car. And you’ve got a little bitty rearview mirror. And the reason the windshield is so large and the rearview mirror is so small is because what’s happened in your past is not near as important as what’s in your future.”

It’s important that as we navigate our way through life to not be blinded by the things behind. Know that you have already passed through those good and bad times. Know that as you peer through your windshield you have the ability to see clearly what steps are needed to improve your condition. Some things in life can appear to be great and fit our needs; however, when you remove its cover, you might determine that it’s the same old stuff you’ve experienced in the past.

As humans we need the love of the Protector to shield us.  We are born helpless and as soon as we are fully conscious we discover the loneliness of life. We need to see others through our windshields both physically, emotionally, and intellectually; we need them if we are to know anything, even ourselves. As the operator of your life, know that the Divine Protector has your back and therefore it is useless to keep looking through your rearview mirror. “Keep your eyes on the prize” in front of you. Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten

chaplain@lhp.net