I may be aging myself here, but did anyone else have one of the station wagons like the one pictured growing up? If you did, then you will relate to this post. Many an hour was devoted to family trips traveling in this vehicle. Now if you remember, there was a unique feature of the backseat of this death trap. That’s right, it faced backwards. In other words, if you had the pleasure of sitting in the back, your view was always where you had been, not where you were going. Everyone else was facing what was coming, while you were always reminded of what had just been.
I got this vision when I heard the new song by Scott Stapp, former lead singer for the band “Creed”. He has a new solo album out now and his first song follows in the same pattern that many of Creed’s hits did. It is called the “Great Divide” and refers to the freedom that one is given from their past when they have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. So what does this all have to do with a station wagon?
I have mentioned it more than once, but I think in the station wagon of life, I am still sitting in the backseat. For some reason, I want to always look at where I have been and never where I am going. I choose to relive mistakes, sin, regrets and failures over and over again. What I forget to remember is that Christ forgot those things. Isaiah 44:22 states that “I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free”. Scott Stabb sings “You set me free to live my life; you became my reason to survive the great divide. You set me free”.
While friends, loved ones and others may struggle to forgive us for our sins, mistakes and failures, find peace in the fact that our Creator and Savior has forgotten them. We don’t have to life a life of regret and remorse. It’s time to get out of the backseat of the station wagon, and join the rest of the “family” facing the future and forgetting the road traveled….