Although curious, I find that I rarely watch the television show, “Where are they now?” It shows on OWN, and enables viewers a glimpse of a person(s) who had some compelling narrative in the past. Typically years after we were introduced to them, we get an update of their life since their notoriety. As I shared, I rarely watch the show. I’m usually more intrigued with the promotion announcing who will be on the program. Funny, how that seems to be enough for me. I wondered about this. Yet for many reasons, people that are in my past, particularly if they extended or facilitated tribulation, can remain in the space and time where we met – in the past. I am not so much interested in “where are they now,” just as long as their “now” is not my “present.”
Please don’t misunderstand. I do not wish ill will upon them, but I’m pretty good with not interacting with them, especially in the manner that we were previously acquainted. For when the Lord closes a door, I’ve learned that it is most appropriate to walk away – maybe even run. It was good for us to experience pain and disappointment, in that it allowed us to find a place so deep in God that we are in fact hidden; and it fortified our faith to higher levels that we’d not formerly imagined. Is there a less taxing methodology as opposed to trial to get on Jesus’ VIP list? Probably so; but is difficulty avoidable as we walk in Christ? Simply stated, No!
As we embark upon Holy Week, we are reminded of the suffering of Jesus the Christ, but more importantly, the resurrection of Jesus the Christ! No matter how horrific the crucifixion, after Jesus rose from the dead, he didn’t come out the tomb looking for those who shouted, “Crucify Him!” Unfortunately, as we experience hardship, we may attempt to retaliate against those who’ve wronged us. We utilize energy that could be redirected to someone who really needs our assistance. We can take assurance in Romans 12:19 where we find, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Thank God for Jesus! If he’d been more concerned with those who were in opposition to him, we would not be able to stand boldly before the throne of grace and experience the gift of eternal life through salvation. If Christ in all the violence perpetrated against him, didn’t ask the question, “Where are they now?” neither should we.
No need to inquire about your past via six degrees of separation. No need to seek it through social media outlets. No need to conjure their image in your mind. And because we are human, and but flesh, if they do creep into the corners of our mind, let us whisper a word of prayer for them to come into the full knowledge of the Lord. Just as we’ve wronged others, intentionally and unintentionally, and benefited from reconciliation with the Father, so must we anticipate the same for others. It’s a combination of maturity coupled with a faith walk. For the Word of the Lord says in Exodus 14:13, “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever.” Essentially this says, no need to ask “Where are they now?” The next time you get the urge, change the channel, begin to worship God for your present, and praise him as you consider the future he has ordained for your life. Hosanna! Glory to God in the highest!