Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. The prompt this week is … Forward.
The words have been heard often, “I just want this to be over!”. We all do. We want to move forward from what is to what will be.
Thinking of moving forward brings two thoughts to mind. The first is Psalm 84. Here we find the psalmist, obviously at home, looking ahead to a time he can take the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. He writes:
“What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. They will continue to grow stronger, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.” (Psalm 84:5-7, NLT)
God gives us strength to walk through. We do not get stuck in the middle or in any one place. He takes us through. The pain of the travel was endured as they knew, and anticipated, the refreshing times which lay ahead.
They grew stronger as they made their way through the valley. But their minds had to be set on moving forward and not giving up.
Forward can be defined as a movement ahead. One dictionary uses the word “onward” as a synonym. They synonym brought the second thought – the lyrics to “Onward Christian Soldiers” (< link included).
Being raised by a mom who knew the importance of instilling godly principles into her children, mom brought us to VBS every summer, sometimes to more than one.
A favorite one of ours was at Sister Signorelli’s, a small church with a big heart for children. We lined up and marched in singing the old hymn every morning for the two weeks of VBS, thus depositing the words to the hymn in my mind for life. The words came to mind this morning:
“Onward Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See, His banners go!”
May we move forward in every battle we face with Christ before us, knowing …
“Satan flees …
Hell’s foundations quiver …
We are treading where the saints have trod …
But the Church of Jesus constant will remain …
We have Christ’s own promise which can never fail … “
(lyrics from other verses in the hymn)
And if you need a reminder of the song, there’s this one: