New Century Version (NCV)
18 The Lord says, "Forget what happened before,
and do not think about the past.
19 Look at the new thing I am going to do.
It is already happening. Don't you see it?
I will make a road in the desert
and rivers in the dry land.
The past. Those words can be heavy sounding depending on how you view your own past. Most everyone has a thing or two they'd either like to change or at least forget about...if you don't have anything like that, I'm surprised gravity is still holding you down.
Well, I am well grounded by gravity...I would change a few things, for sure. But because time goes on marching forward, we don't have the opportunity to go back and fix things.
There is another aspect to "The Past". In fact, the scriptures above aren't talking about the "bad" past, but the things that God has done already. We can't live just on the past victories and miracles. They are mile stones, but they become memories. We need to live in the moment.
I think we should learn to look for the new things that God has for us. The new ways He is making for us. The new refreshing He is giving. Moment by moment.
So, my New Year's Resolution is just that. Put the past...good and bad...where it is supposed to be, and look for the new things that God is doing every day.