Better things from God

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CBS Sports must hate Kentucky.  Why else would they insist on showing the Lattner shot during every basketball game? You remember that shot, right? 

Two point one seconds left, no one guarding the inbound pass (how can you not guard the inbound pass!!!), and the Duke player throws the ball down the court, and almost in slow motion Christian Laettner catches the ball, dribbles, turns and shoots.  And every time I see a replay of that shot, a part of me is secretly praying that maybe, just maybe, this one time….it won’t go in. But you know what? Every time they replay that shot, that little Dukie makes it every time.

What does this have to do with anything, other than my inability to forgive the Duke Blue Devils? Well, I tend to want to get upset and relive all the pain and anguish from that night in 1992 and I could easily worry about that shot and fret about that play every time they play it…but no matter how many times I see it, it is not going to change.  It happened.  It is done.  And it is over.  And there is nothing I can do right now that can change that.  What is done is done.  But here is what I can do.  I can move on from it.  I can let go of the bitterness and the pain that was associated with it.  I can forgive Christian Laettner for his shot and I can refuse to get angry over and over again.  I can decide that that play is no longer going to bother me anymore.  Also, I can reassure myself that it wasn’t the end of the world and that life did get better (Can anyone say ’96, ’98, ’12 National Champs?)

Now I am guessing that most of you can relate to what I am speaking about… but not about the game. I am guessing that many of you have some event in your past that you keep reliving over and over, and every time you replay it in your mind all the hurt, pain, guilt, and anguish associated with it returns.  Maybe it was some tragic event that happened in your life.  Maybe it was some terrible thing someone you trusted did to you.  Maybe it was some horrible sin that even though you knew better, you still committed.  And every time you think of it, your life is filled with either worry, bitterness, or guilt.  For many, we would give anything if we could go back and undo it.  But the thing with our past is that once it is done, we can’t go back and change it?  But you know what we can do?  With the help of God’s grace, He can lead us through that past pain and move us on toward healing.  

God doesn’t want us to be stuck in the past wallowing in our own pity and pain, rather He wants us to move on to new and greater life in Him. So what from your past are you holding onto today?  Is there a past pain, a past offense, a past sin that you have not asked God to help you get over and move on?  Remember, you can’t unscramble an egg, but God can help you to take that scrambled mess and to make a new a greater order of eggs better and tastier than you could ever imagine.  So next time you see that Laettner shot, remind yourself that it is time to move on and let go and that better things from God lay ahead.
(Barry Robinson is the pastor of Williamstown United Methodist Church. He can be reached at brobinson@williamstownumc.com or call 859-823-5171.)