Backwards and forwards

Nobody gets to live life backward.
Look ahead, that is where your future lies.

Ann Landers

(St Kevin’s Monastery / Gleandalough National Park / County Wicklow / Julie Cook / 2015)

Peering over the top of the rock wall, we stare out over an unfamiliar site.
The who’s, the what’s and the why’s of another day and time.
Names forgotten.
Beginning and ending dates, once so important to those whom the comings and the goings of these particular lives truly mattered, are now nothing more than mere worn numbers.

We live,
we perish,
we mourn,
as the living move forward.

Are we different because of those who now are on the other side of the wall?
Are we better?
Are we worse?
Have we been affected at all?

Their voices may now be silent, yet we hear them whisper…
There are warnings, advice, encouragement and guidance
But only if we stop long enough to listen.

Their’s are regrets, sorrows, as well as lives well lived and loved.
Many, such as those across the wall, are all but long forgotten.
A weathered worn marker, ravaged by time and the elements, once a place
for melancholy recollections, stands now as a lonely sage to an unsuspecting future.

We can look and wonder…
We can imagine what may have been,
as we wonder what might yet be…

The way was paved.
For good or for bad.
There were mistakes…grave and regrettable.
Yet there were also moments of greatness and wonder.

Are we better?
Would they be amazed or would they knowingly shake their heads in disbelief?
Do they know what we don’t…
that we too have a date with destiny…
Yet with but two choices remaining…?

We must choose to yield a stone cold will
Either we choose to set that will to stone…
just like many of those on the other side of the rock wall…

Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.
Romans 6:13

10 comments on “Backwards and forwards

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  2. Mary says:

    Amazing, love to you

  3. Lisa says:

    I was thinking about just that this morning. Sometimes I run a lesson two or three times just to make sure I’ve got the point before moving on because what we do while we are here does effect those touching us and on the “other side of the wall” what we did effects us. (I think) 🙂

  4. We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. And yet for all their teachings and lessons, we still make mistakes, we still fall, we still stumble. Each of us must live out his or her own destiny. But no matter how we change the curtains in the window of life here, we cannot change the window. Having said that, we still serve a purpose here if we yield to God’s will He will guide us into His plans for our lives which ultimately fulfills some plan of His in the great scheme of things. So we go on not know what the future holds but knowing only who holds our future in His hands. As always this is another wonderful and thought-provoking post, my friend. Love, N 🙂 ❤

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