Prior to the 1982 documentary, a region known as The Land of Look Behind served as a refuge from slavery. Jamaica’s interior topography, called Cockpit County, includes a mountain range with dense vegetation. When the opportunity presented itself, oppressed slaves fled to the hills, trying to avoid their masters who sent the police for their return. Some were successful, able to chart out a new life. Unfortunately, most were caught; only able to imagine what could have been.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
Living with regrets can be agonizing, wishing you can go back in time to change the course of history. Yet, the reality of this life is that guilt, shame and remorse hover over sinful human beings. There are many days I feel like a hostage, unable to break free of the hold of bad habits that have taken control of my decision making. Subsequently, the words of Romans 7:15 have come to fruition in my life.
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. – Romans 7:15
Now that Easter has passed, its important to look behind before you can move ahead. Although problems will continue to exist, reflecting on past failures can set the stage for future success. Since the story of the resurrection is fresh in the minds of believers, may the power of the Holy Spirit elevate individuals to new heights. If the Pentecost could transform the disciples, why can’t the same Spirit inspire souls to usher in heaven on earth today? Therefore, it’s time to catch a glimpse of the land of what can be.
by Jay Mankus