In Genesis Chapter 19, I learn how Lot is saved and how his wife is turned into a pillar of salt. And I search to see my life in these words. I’d rather not see it, of course, as the connection is too intense, too real, too true. How do I relate to a pillar of salt?

So this is the story. An evil community is destined to be destroyed. is to be totally annihilated and Abraham is foretold of the destruction. The city is utterly evil, and it is to be destroyed. Only Lot and his family will be saved. There is one condition. Don’t look back. But the temptation is too great. And Lot’s wife looks. And she is turned into a pillar of salt.

So I, too, am often that pillar of salt. Stuck and hardened between where I never should have been and where I need to go. If only I could have the strength to let go. I try to reason, to rationalize why certain things are good for me. And even if they aren’t good for me, they are good for someone, right? At least one person, right? Wrong. There is no good there. There is nothing to be redeemed. It must be destroyed. The relationship cannot exist. The only thing that can be saved is me. And only if I leave and don’t look back. Never look back.
Yet I can’t help it. I take the first step away. I leave where I never should have been towards where I must go. If only I can make it there and leave this behind. Truly leave behind me what aims to bring me down and destroy me with it. If I can keep going it will be gone forever. If I can let go, it will lose its power to hurt me. And yet, time and time again, I look back. And I am once again as frozen as that pillar of salt. Do you think that you are constantly looking back?
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  • Greg Aarons
    Posted March 20, 2018 8:51 am 4Likes

    I think I do look back. if I don’t occupy more of my time with Christ I let the world consume with negativity, fear, and lack of faith. I truly agree with this article and would love to hear the opinion,

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