Mistakes Cause Us To Look At What We Missed The First Time

What are we missing the first time around? Today, the day I write this, I returned back home with my husband from visiting family. We had the car fully packed. Christmas gifts, traveling bags, my make up, and little odds and ends.

“Do you have…” and, “Did you grab…” were questions we both asked each other.

We were positive we both were set.

Right before leaving my parents, we realized he had left his shoes at his parents, so we traveled there. Then, just as we were about to leave our hometown, I received a call from my brother alerting me to the fact, no, I had not packed my phone charger.

Back to my parents, we went.

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We weren’t really far out, so backtracking wasn’t such a big deal, but in the moment, I was frustrated. For once, I had everything ready by the time my husband had come to my parents, and we were able to get everything in the car. For once we could leave on time.

But we had to keep backtracking, and I felt bad about it.

However, I wasn’t about to let the inevitable get to me. So, I asked myself, “Well, what can God teach you about this?”

And as we once again pulled out of my parent’s driveway, I heard this sentence.

“Look around at what you missed, and don’t forget.”

Having it all together does not, in fact, mean we do. “Picture perfect,” is a lie. We’re human. We have flaws. We make mistakes.

Taking another look around, a second glance to soak it in makes the difference.

Trials do this for us. Trials, as hard as they can be, allow us the opportunity to look again. To see what we missed the first time.

Our relationship with Christ is similar.

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In some of the deepest trials and emotional battles I’ve been in, He has been right there, and I’ve felt so much love and assurance from Him. His grace and purity filled my cup and overwhelmed my soul in a bear hug.

I desire this connection with Him outside of the bad, but I wouldn’t have known this depth if He hadn’t made me look again.

If things aren’t going your way, if you’re struggling with today, just remember, there is something in the moment He gives us. All we have to do is look at Him.

Psalm 139:09-10, “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.”

What has God reminded you of recently?

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40 thoughts on “Mistakes Cause Us To Look At What We Missed The First Time

  1. Amen indeed! Thank you for sharing! He reminded me to trust him and to be still and know that he is God! And also to wait on him, at times i run out of patience and have the tendency to worry a lot but he is in control and I will continue to wait on him in Jesus Name! 🙏💯

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  2. Through this fast and the continous reading of His Word, He has reminded me that spending time with God and in His Word is more important than TV or other electronics, including blogging.

    As I read through the life and ministry of Timothy, I see more of God through the devotion and faithfulness of Timothy to Paul.

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    1. That’s really awesome!!!! 🙂 I’ve been praying for you to see God in your fast, and it is amazing to see and read the lessons and blessings coming from your connection with Him.


      1. And thank you for the continous prayers, it is most appreciated. I’m learning a lot about faithfulness and devotion through the life of Timothy.

        I can’t wait to see what I read next after Timothy. And who knows, I could be sent down a different train of thought all together after reading Timothy.

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  3. I’m reminded that I’m beautiful in His eyes. People look at the outward appearance but God looks at the nature of our heart. I struggle with insecurity and self esteem issues and I was reminded just last night that I’m beautiful to God.

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    1. You absolutely are beautiful! I’m so glad you felt this reminder. It can be hard when we go through our life and have bad days. Sometimes I let my thoughts get out of head, and trust my own thoughts instead of God’s truth. We were made in His hand and we are beautiful you are so right. Thank you for sharing 🙂 it’s a good reminder to have!

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  4. I love how you have described trials as a chance to take a second look at God and our lives… and you are so right. Trials cause me to look all the more closely at my life and to draw closer to God. This is a beautiful post, dear T.R.! God most certainly led you in its writing, and you have communicated His truth clearly and beautifully! ❤ and hugs!

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  5. Lovely post 💕
    I love the way you asked yourself, “Well, what can God teach you about this?”
    I might give that a try next time I become frustrated when things don’t go to plan.
    Love how God answered you too! He is so good to us ❤️

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  6. I liked this part a lot: “In some of the deepest trials and emotional battles I’ve been in, He has been right there, and I’ve felt so much love and assurance from Him. His grace and purity filled my cup and overwhelmed my soul in a bear hug.”

    Today, well not all day, but part of it, was one of those days for me. The Lord Jesus led me to write these words in the most recent chapter of my book just now:

    “But, then more hits happen oftentimes, and so then what do we do? We can’t let them pile up. We can’t let the hits take us out and undo us. So, we have to make time for ourselves to get alone with God so we can work all this craziness out in our heads and be encouraged by the Lord, and comforted by his Word, and directed by his counsel as what to do, and how to respond, and to not internalize the pain but to keep giving it to God over and over and over again, letting him heal us, and guide us, and strengthen us and teach us what we need to learn through our pain.”

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  7. Yes, thank the Lord for His mercy on me! Amen! Good post. Sometimes we do go through things more than once to allow us to grow and learn to trust and lean on Him more – we had to do that when my husband was laid off his job for the second time throughout our marriage. We learned so much from the first time. We could look back and see where we weren’t as strong or didn’t appreciate what we did have. He second time was much different. Have a great day!

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    1. ❤ amen!!! Right now, my husband and I are going through our strictest budget, and I can see the other times in years past where we were on a budget and even though I was afraid, God provided. I relate to looking back at early marriage and seeing where my husband and I needed to grow. It can be a humbling and beautiful thing to do. 🙂

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