Everything it Takes to Move Foward

I feel like so often we hear that in order to move forward, we have to forget the past and let it go. I do not believe that is always true. Sometimes you have to go back in order to move forward.

An example of this is found in the Old Testament in the calling of Elisha. God sent Elijah to pass his mantle to Elisha. In 1 Kings 19:19-21 we read:

19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.”

“Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?”

21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.

Elisha was called out of where He was for the purposes of God.

But before Elisha could walk out in that anointing and in that calling, he knew he first had to go back and burn the things that would be a temptation for him to go back. Take note of verse 21.

He went back.

He burned his past.

And then he set out to follow the call.

In Everything, Mary DeMuth writes:

“Whether our past was amazing or tragic, God calls us onward and upward, beckoning us away from past tense to present tense.”

Burn the things that weigh you down from going forward. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. Sometimes, its not the bad things in life that keep us from the good things of God. It’s the good things in life that keep us from God’s best.

But for those of you who have a hard past of which you have to let go:

Sometimes we have to go back in order to move forward.

What in your life do you need to burn to move forward and embrace everything that God has for you?

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deanna Albrecht (@Deemms)
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 12:33:00

    Brittany, thanks for sharing something I hadn’t seen before in Elijah! It’s hard to go back, but Christ doesn’t send us to go alone.

    Great being with you on launch.
    Looking forward to reading more of your writing. 🙂


  2. Mary DeMuth (@MaryDeMuth)
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 13:45:34

    Thanks for this sweet post. I appreciate it.


  3. amedar consulting
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 08:01:48

    Hello. magnificent job. I did not expect this. This is a great story. Thanks!


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