Five-Minute Friday: Backwards

Welcome to my first post for the weekly 5-Minute Friday prompt. Each week, participants write for 5 minutes — no editing — on the given prompt.  This week, the prompt is “backwards”. Join us for 5-Minute Friday at The Gypsy Mama!

Here we go —

How many times have we felt that our lives were sliding backwards — along with our dreams, desires, plans, and futures? How many times have wise friends admonished me to wait on the Lord and His perfect timing? When the Lord says, “My ways are not your ways”, He reminds us that from His eternal perspective, backwards may be forwards, up may be down.

I have walked through this truth in my own life. Some apparent setbacks — a few quite traumatic — actually were what I call “course corrections.” The most dramatic “course correction” of my life has been the years I spent in off-and-on homelessness. This experience brought me to a state across the country — from New Hampshire to Arizona. I discovered my faith and the Lord at a Christian shelter for women and children, and began my own ministry later on. Praise God for the “backwards” times!

That’s my 5-minute write. Hope you’ll add yours!

One last thought…from Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV):

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”



7 Replies to “Five-Minute Friday: Backwards”

  1. Oh how amazing! What beautiful thoughts on this prompt. Thank you so very much for your kinds words and for stopping by on my blog as well. Praise Him who always cares for us. I can only begin to grasp how He has moved in your life. Thank you for writing this prompt for others to read.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing part of your story. So inspiring! I love thinking about God’s “eternal perspective” and that the apparent setbacks are actually “course corrections.” This blessed me today. Smiles –

  3. Welcome to the community of 5Min Friday! I love how the Lord has used you in AZ! Your post was transparent.

    I am a CA girl living in MA for the year. This has been a huge climate adjustment!

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