2 Samuel 12:21-23 NLT
21 His advisers were amazed. “We don’t understand you,” they told him. “While the child was still living, you wept and refused to eat. But now that the child is dead, you have stopped your mourning and are eating again.” 22 David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.”
I don’t know about you, but I have this incredible ability to be completely, physically somewhere, but at that same exact moment be somewhere completely different. If you are like me, you know exactly what I am talking about. While my body may be totally present at home, my mind has me completely occupied somewhere else. While I don’t do this intentionally, it can cause me to be completely unavailable to the people I am currently with.
In the same way, if we allow our minds to drift, our mistakes, missed opportunities, or regrets of the past can unknowingly take up all of our availability for our future. David gave us a perfect example of how to deal with our past in this scripture. Even though what he experienced was an awful thing for which he was completely to blame, once the situation was over, there was nothing he could do about it. So, to make himself available for where God was calling him, he left his past in the past. He even did it so well that his servants said, “We don’t understand you.”
Your personal application:
Our past is a great teacher, but it is not a great companion. Some of us, myself included, need to learn from the past, and then unfriend it. When we do this, we can become “Un-understandably present,” and totally available for where God is taking us.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 NIV