People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy. (Ecclesiastes 9:12)

Read: Ecclesiastes 7:1-9:18, 2 Corinthians 7:8-16, Psalm 48:1-14, Proverbs 22:17-19

Relate: There was a show my mom used to watch when I was a kid. I think it was called Early Edition. The premise, if I remember correctly, was that there was this cat who brought a newspaper every day that had tomorrow’s news. The guy who got this newspaper would then take that paper with him over the course of the day to try and prevent the tragedies that were going to happen. As he went about changing fate, the miraculous newspaper would change as well.

More recently there was another show, Tru Calling. Tru was a medical student who worked in a morgue and every now and then one of the dead bodies would open their eyes and say, “help me”. She would then “rewind” to the moment she first woke up that day and had to relive it in hopes of preventing that unfortunate victim’s death.

React: Wouldn’t that be nice? Wouldn’t it be great if we could know in advance when trouble was coming? There are more than a few days I wouldn’t mind being able to “rewind” and do over again. I’m not talking a Groundhog Day thing where I have to keep reliving one day over and over again until I get it perfect, I’m thinking more of simply stepping out of the way of the disasters of my life.

I would love to go back and fix the last conversation I had with my dad. I would love the opportunity to check in on my sister before the hypoglycemic shock took her life and her absence took the life of her newborn daughter. There are words I would take back, others I would say, dates I would fix, choices I would change. Unfortunately, rewinds are impossible. All we can do is the best with the time we have going forward.


Dear God,
Forgive me for the poor choices and the dumb decisions I have made in the past. Help me to not compound my mistake by wallowing in them. Help me to not add to them. Help me to be wise and disciplined in living to my very best in the time I do have. I know storms will come. I know tragedies will strike. Help me to weather every storm and endure every tragedy sheltering in You. Be with me through every trial.

15 thoughts on “Rewind

  1. BJ,

    Thanks be to God for your blog.

    I’m in the process of serialising a story on my blog about rewinding or recreating the past, in a Christian context. The narrator starts out as your prayer starts out, but God leads him to new places…

    God bless you in your ministry! I used to pass through Binghamton on my way from Toronto to New York. Of course, it was always the middle of the night…

    In Christ

    DT Richards

  2. The reality of a “rewind” or “redo” looms daily. The “what ifs” that aren’t possible because they’ve already happened. Thanks for the gracious insight and honest observation of the reality that we will always have those desires–and God alone uses even those things to grow us. Appreciate your candor.,

  3. Wonderful post. Great reminder to leave the past where it belongs, learn the lessons and react differently to challenges when they present themselves…… and they will! Love your uplilfting blog. Anita.

  4. Great topic! I used to watch Early Edition as a kid. It was such a good show.

    There are many things I have regretted. Dwelling on the past I have learned simply just eats up your present time.

    Your post reminds me of this quote by JRR Tolkien, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

    Thank you for sharing this post! Hope the rest of your week goes well.


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