“No one lights a lamp, then hides it in a drawer. It’s put on a lamp stand so those entering the room have light to see where they’re going. Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning, so you don’t get musty and murky. Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room.”
Do you remember people in your life telling you, “Don’t burn that bridge?”. Well, I am hear to say in my own opinion…Burn Them! And here are the reasons why I feel it is the right thing to do in order to move ahead in your walk. One: It’s the past. Two: It’s not worth walking back into. Three: Moving forward means forgiving and forgetting what is behind you.
There are so many things in this world which lead us to our own bridges. Sometimes bad marriages lead us to bridges. Other times it’s a work related issue. Maybe the bridge is simply becoming more like Christ. Whatever our bridge is, once we choose to walk over it, we have to decide not to look back and I feel to keep our minds away from looking back, we just need to burn those bridges after we have crossed over. Does that make sense to anyone else?
Often times our bridges from disaster to perfect peace are long, tedious walks. Sometimes there is so much pain in taking the next step that for just a moment our flesh just wants to go back to the familiar, less painful edition of our life. I remember the EXACT moment when I started out on my bridge away from my ex-husband. I had 22 years of destruction behind me, that mind you, I was quite comfortable in for whatever reasons. When God told me to get an order of protection instead of picking my husband up from the physc-ward, I wanted to stomp my feet back to the beginning of that bridge because my natural mind could not understand how I could live without him.
Do you see my confusion between flesh and spirit? I knew in my heart of hearts that I had no desire to return to the mess I was in before God gave me a way out, yet my flesh did not know how to live any other way than how it had been. My spirit on the other hand, knew there was freedom on the other side of that bridge and it wanted nothing to do with what my flesh desired. It knew there was something better just ahead. So, I did what I knew best and forgave. Yes, forgave my ex-husband first and then I forgave myself. As I began to feel the release, the beginning of the bridge just disappeared and I no longer wanted to go back to my comfort zone. I was ready for my new edition of life.
So to me, burning those bridges brings freedom. It allows our flesh to die and our spirits to thrive. Forgiveness is the match that starts the flame. Freedom comes from forgiving not only others by ourselves. Once we lose the temptation to look back, our steps become easier and the desire to be renewed is so strong. A passion begins to burn in our spirit for God that nothing will put out, not even our past. So, go ahead! Burn those Bridges! Move forward in the things of God one bridge at a time.