If I could go back in past and changed for better and I would have seen the better life!
I should have not do it…
I blame this person for destroying my life!
Everyone is neglecting me because who I am, let me go in past to change it!
List goes on!
It is very common reactions I received based on my conversation with strangers, friends, and families.
Everyone, I mean EVERYONE…I did not say some of us or several of us, had issues with their own past. I recall my conversation with someone who I considered to be my spiritual mother during my early years of walking with Lord. She used to say, “Everyone comes from broken home, even they have beautiful and loving family but there are still broken. It is because EVERYONE have their own insecure in their own identity where it is missed from their life journey.”
On third season premiere of The Flash TV series which introduced the Flashpoint which was hinted during season two finale. Barry Allen aka The Flash went into time traveling into the past to alter the timeline by saving his mother from being killed at hand of Reserve Flash. Flashpoint details an altered DC Universe and its timeline as it changed Barry Allen’s relationship with his loved ones in good and bad ways. The Flashpoint storyline comic was originally published in 2011 by DC Comics, and it is one of best storylines in history.
Before The Flash jumped into past, he had difficult time dealing with death of his mother when he was boy at the hand of Reserve Flash. The Flash witnessed the murder of his mother have caused to frame his own father and placed him in prison. The Flash was being foster fathered by Joe West whom is a police detective, father of Iris West, following Barry Allen’s parents, Nora Allen’s death and Henry Allen’s incarceration.
All of us have common with Barry Allen, we had hard time letting go of our past! He refused to let it go, he lived in bitterness about his death of his mother and his father being framed for murder. He envisioned perfect family and he wished to grow up whole his childhood with his parents! He was true superhero as The Flash at same time, he was man of anger. His anger has caused him to have difficult time developing stability relationship with his loved ones and co-workers. Also, he was struggling with sense of self-worth because of absence of his parents. He hard time forgiving himself for letting his anger doing much harmful to those whom is dear to him.
Do you truly forgive yourself and others for what damage has been done toward you? How can you define forgive? In simple way of meaning: letting go, to pardon or acquit of sins. Forgiving yourself and others in God’s eyes will enhance God to handle those problem in His way not your way. Jesus was very clear about it as he said:
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins…” ~ Matthew 6:14-15 (NLT)
Forgiveness and Restoration is part of God’s natural character for God is full of grace and love. Nothing can make God refuse your sin until you seek God with your whole heart.
Barry Allen aka The Flash recognized that after he saved his mother from Reserve Flash have caused much complicated in his life circumstances with his families, friends and co workers, some of them have went sour with Barry Allen. It came to his sense that past need to be left in past and cannot be changed but only he can change about his past is to use as lesson for his life journey.
He was very determined to restore the timeline again by leaving the death of his mother in past and return to his current timeline. Unfortunately, there are still some damage done to his current timeline which created another new reality of his timeline. It is because he dared to travel back in time to fixed but it did have big effect on his current timeline, so therefore Barry Allen aka The Flash learned his expensive lesson and focus on making progress of restoration.
Our past can be filled with ugliness circumstances and what done damage to us have caused us to be etched for years. Living in past than to seek forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration will cause to live in bitterness and anger can do much damage to whom are truly dear to us.
One of dear friends of mine whom I have work closely in past at Deaf Teen Ministry camp used to say:
Ongoing negative thinking will cause you to have impact on your life perspective and it can be very toxic perspective.
Remember we are not product of the past, so let close the door of past and not to open it again, or should I say “do not fish” at this lake since it is heavily polluted.
I wanted you to take look at one of scenes was taken out from Flashpoint comic storyline:
Reserve Flash is one of most deadly villains in The Flash universe, he wanted to do anything to destroy Barry Allen and all of his loved ones. Reserve Flash wants to remind Barry Allen aka The Flash about his past life and his poor decision. Reserve Flash reflects much like Satan. Satan is known as the accuser and wants to remind you of your past filled with regrets.
Do not let it happen to you! You are the product of the present and future, so let change be made and it starts with YOU! Healing is long-term journey, it is NOT like express lane or overnight change. It takes time. Seek God with whole of your heart and be honest with yourself.