The narrative of Lot's wife begins in Genesis 19, after two angels arrived in Sodom, at eventide, and were invited to spend the night at Lot's home. As dawn was breaking, Lot's visiting angels urged him to get his family and flee, so as to avoid being caught in the impending disaster for the iniquity of the city. Lot delayed, so the angels took hold of his hand, his wife's hand and his daughters and brought them out of the city. The command was given, "Flee for your life! Do not look behind you, nor stop anywhere in the Plain; flee to the hills, lest you be swept away." Lot objected to the idea of fleeing to the hills and requested safe haven at a little town nearby. The request was granted and the town became known as Zoar. Traveling behind her husband, Lot's wife looked back, and became a pillar of salt.
As I have been reflecting on 2015, I realized that it has been a difficult year in many ways. Yes, great things have happened, but I have been stretched, uncomfortably I might add, and challenged in my personal life, my profession and my ministry. And ironically enough, I have been required to do a lot of self-reflecting, but a whole lot more of that forgiving thing. Both areas are quite difficult for me to master even though I have had enough practice.
But if I am honest, I believe I have been more obedient to God's calling on my life this year than any other year. And you know what? There have been more hellish moments than enough. It let's me know that the enemy sees a glimpse of what God has planned for my life. That glimpse has the enemy working overtime! But when the time comes to truly reap the harvest, in the words of my grandfather, "Whatchu say!"
It is my prayer that whatever difficult situations you have encountered in this past year, that you have learned the lesson(s) and moved on. You can't change a thing! Besides, God knows the past, present and future concerning each of us. We just have to remain in Him and trust His plan - no matter what it looks like ahead.
How will you look back on 2015? It is my prayer that you won't turn into a pillar of salt...looking back on some things God wants you to leave behind. Enter into 2016 with a plan, a divine purpose, and prayer.