In my devotional reading, I came across the story of Moses leading the Israelites through the wilderness. In Numbers 11, the children of Israel were being guided toward their promise when they began to grumble and complain about their present condition using their slavery perspective of the past.
Verse 5…”We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!”
In times of upgrade when our tests seem to be overwhelming, it is very easy to succumb to bickering, grumbling, and complaining. Instead of developing the Fruit of the Spirit in our circumstances, it becomes easier to look backward instead of exploring forward. The reality is when we look back at how things used to work or become trapped in that perspective, we cannot see the goal and prize ahead. It is easier to look backward because it is well traveled, but what would happen if our perspective, thinking, and language changed to reflect where we are going? I heard in a song recently, “It’s not what we are going through, but it’s about where we are going to.” The goal and prize ahead requires an upgraded mindset.