I had a lovely time last night corresponding with a good friend about the past. We enjoyed some memories we have not thought about for a long time. And we lamented a bit about things that are no more. We realized that there are some good times we cannot go back to. It was, at times, a poignant conversation, poignant enough that I questioned myself, just for a moment or two, on our move to Georgia.
Heraclitus of Ephesus said that a person “can never step into the same river; for new waters are always flowing on to you.” The river is ever-changing, the waters constantly flowing. And we are constantly changing as well. So the past is but memories that can not be precisely recreated. The present is for making new memories and doing new things with the wonderful life we have.
Isaiah 43:18-19 makes sense of it all:
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
The past is in the past. Take its fond memories with you into this present day, but live today! This day is all we have. Do a new thing. God will make a way.