I was talking with a friend recently. We were reminiscing about how when we were younger people who were 60 looked and acted so old.
We sure don’t feel that way now.
What changed? We did.
In every circumstance we see and react according to information at hand at the time. That phrase ‘at the time’ has become a true eye opener to me. When I look back at things in my life I sometimes cringe recalling how I handled them. Then I am reminded of those 3 words ‘at the time’. You see, ‘at the time’ there were details unknown to me, therefore I was unable to include them in my decisions.
It is true, hindsight is 20/20. All I can do when I look back is know that I did the best I could, at the time, with the information I had at the time.
And I can learn from each situation as well. Every event, every decision, every action has taught me something. Something I have held on to and learned from, and use in the next situation. With each one, I grow.
Over the years, my friend has changed. I have changed. Because of changes, I have lost friendships and relationships. God has never changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8).
In each situation, I am aware of one thing. God was with me. He sustained me. He carried me. Even if I didn’t know it ‘at the time’. I may not always feel His presence, but that doesn’t change the fact He is present.
For that I am truly grateful.