Hindsight is 2020
There's a phrase that's been coming to me lately. It is "Hindsight is 2020". It's a proverb that means it is easy to understand or see something clearly after it has already happened. 2020 certainly looks different than what we thought it would look like right? Who would have pictured a world locked down in the grip of a pandemic?
Even now there are thousands around the world who have lost loved ones and livelihoods. Many are scared, grieving and lonely. But even if you are one of the blessed ones who have come through relatively unscathed, you too may be feeling a little shaken and unsure what to do and what your future will look like as we all move forward.
This phrase, "Hindsight is 2020" got me thinking about 2020 and vision. Like many, for me the start of 2020 was about having a fresh vision and going after the things God had put in my heart. It was exciting to think about having a clear 20-20 vision for the year. But out of nowhere a global pandemic hits and everything suddenly came to a grinding halt.
Now I know none of this took God by surprise, so my question to Him has been, "What do we do with the plans and dreams that we had for this year?" I mean are we just meant to pick up where we left off? Do a "Take 2" next year? Or is there something new God's wants us to do? I don't want to assume it's just business as usual.
As I prayed over this, I felt God gave me a key to this in the story of Hager. You can find the story in Genesis 16:1-13. Her story is not an easy one. In today's culture we would most likely call it abusive.
Hagar was scared, lonely, mistreated and unloved. She wanted something better. She dreamed of being free. So she ran away from Abraham's household and her mistress Sarah. Now in the middle of the desert, afraid, broken and unsure of her future, God meets her there.
He calls her by name. She's not just a slave girl to Him. A nobody. He knows her. He cares. He tells her to go back to her mistress, stay and submit to her. This means He wants her to go back to her situation and but change her attitude about it. Big call right? It seems so unfair. By asking her to go back and submit, He was asking her to re-look at the situation and re-think it.
What is God speaking to you about in this season that you need to re-look at or re-think?
"Re" is a prefix that means "again" or "again and again". It indicates repetition or to go "back" or "backward".
I know a lot of people feel like this season has been a backward step, and it feels like Groundhog Day, just doing the same thing over and over, but I feel like God is saying we can't go forward until we go back and "re-do" some things differently.
It might be some simple changes to your family life, changes in the way you make a living or it could be bigger heart issues. Whatever it is, I believe there are things in each of us God is highlighting for us to go back to and re-look at or re-think.
The going back is actually a blessing. The re-looking, the re-thinking, the re-doing is all part of God's plan to move us forward into greater blessings.
You see God didn't send Hagar back empty handed. He sent her back with a word of hope and a promise for her future.
She named Him, El Roi, the God Who Sees me, because He didn't just see her where she was. He had seen her future. He had a blessing planned for her and her son. And even though the way ahead was different to what she had planned, she now knew whatever happened, she could trust the God who had hindsight. He was the God who had already seen the future, who had 20-20 vision, and who would make the way clear.
So I felt this was the answer God gave me to the question I had asked Him, "What do we do with the plans and dreams that we had for this year?"...
"Allow Me in this season to re-work, re-model and re-arrange the things in your life I'm highlighting, and as you move forward and re-imagine with Me, you will see Me do something Re-markable and there will be a Re-birthing of the hopes and dreams of 2020. It won't look the same. It will be better! I am going to do a new thing!"
"Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; do you not perceive it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." (Isaiah 43:19)
Below is a link to watch a beautiful narrative song about Hagar. Be blessed x