Trusting God

The Red Balloon

Red BalloonAfter his weekly session with the speech therapist, Gabriel was given a special treat: a red balloon. He was 4 years old at the time. I decided to run an errand before going home. After getting out of the car, I realized too late that I should’ve secured the balloon. As soon as I opened the passenger door to get Gabriel out, up went the red balloon. “Get it down, Mommy.” I felt so bad as I helplessly looked up. I tried to explain to my son that we can’t get it back. He cried for a while, but eventually, he settled down. But to this day, he still remembers losing that balloon, and I must remind him again that we can’t get that moment back. We must move on.

The past is the past, whether it happened 4 years or just 4 minutes ago. For Gabriel, it makes little difference. An event years ago is just as vivid and real as something that just happened now.

There are seasons in my life I prefer not to relive, like those awkward and confusing adolescent years. However, I do have regrets in my past, moments I want to get back, like Gabriel’s red balloon. If I could do certain things over, I would, thinking my present would be far different and better. But preoccupation with that is futile. Like Gabriel, I must move on. My past, mistakes and all, God has used to bring me where I am today. I must press forward and live the days God has ordained for me. He has many things to show me today … if I dwell too long in the past, I might miss them.

“Do not call to mind the former things,
Or ponder things of the past.
Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert.”
(Isaiah 43:18-19)

(Photo credit: Svenstorm)

17 thoughts on “The Red Balloon”

      1. lol… Yes, that makes more sense 🙂 And now you’ve demonstrated how being able to laugh at one’s self is another key to successful living! Admittedly, one key in which I partake quite regularly 😉 Hope you had a good sleep ❤

  1. “He has many things to show me today … if I dwell too long in the past, I might miss them.” Amen! Pasts are good to remember and reminice about once in a while but never live in. It’ll only keep you from enjoying the moment you are in to the fullest.

    1. I never watched that movie. When I was writing this post, what kept going through my mind was the first lines of “Goodnight Moon” … “In the great green room, there was a telephone and a red balloon …”

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