In Isaiah 52:2 we are told that God is our rear guard.
According to the Collins dictionary… a rear-guard is a detachment detailed to protect the rear of an army. One of the tasks a rearguard carries out is that of clearing away all tracks made by the army, so that the enemy cannot trace them . This is a picture of what Jesus has done for us, and continues to do for us. He has washed away all our sin, and continues to forgive us and extend his grace and mercy toward us daily. As Mums of children who self-harm, we are often counselled to look at our own upbringing and heritage. When we do this all sorts of insecurities can creep up on us. My big fear was being judged and people ‘realizing’ that my poor childhood had made me a poor mother. The evil one is determined to attack us with our past ‘mistakes and failures’ -our hurts and hangups- but he cannot win . Whatever we did and whoever we were in our past no longer counts because we have been made new and set free by Christ Jesus.
So we can be good Mums even if that past would try to tell us otherwise. We have a great rear-guard who says it is so. Hallelujah !
Dear Heavenly Father
Thank you that you have wiped our past away. May we, and our children, keep on walking in the victory your death has won for us, strengthened by the knowledge that you are with us every step of the way -before us, beside us and behind us.