Have you ever reached back in your past and thought about something or someone that you feel you missed out on?
I’ve heard people use the term “The one that got away”. In fact, I have even felt that way a time or two in my life.
Some of us have feelings of great regret because of a person or opportunity that was lost due to some bad decisions we made or due to an unforeseen event that occurred in our lives.
A very special friend told me once that “timing is everything”. At the time, I didn’t understand his reasoning. But over the years, I learned that he had a point.
Back then, it probably hadn’t dawned on him that he was speaking in biblical terms (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) because he was not a believer and was very outspoken about his disbelief . I dare to wonder if God has touched his life over the years. I sure hope so.
I do believe that God has a time for every event, big or small, to occur in our lives. So, if you lean on your own understanding and rush into situations you might make worldly choices without consulting God first and miss your blessings.
As for “the one that got away”, mistakes will be made and even though we might have let something we cared for so much “get away”, we have to wonder if maybe “we” might have actually been “the one that got away” from something that God had not put together.
I’ve crossed paths with many people in my lifetime and most of them, friends, mentors, educators, love interests, and even some distant relatives were only put there by God for specific lessons in my life and once their purpose was served, we moved on to fulfill our next purpose.
So, if you’re in a situation where you’re feeling down about past outcomes. Put that energy into more positive thoughts because the past is the past and some people are only in our lives for a season and for God’s reasons, not ours.
Just something to think about…