Janus Past

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I am thankful for another year of blessings. I certainly don’t deserve them, but because I am God’s favorite, He delights in me anyway. Go figure. Good thing He’s God and I’m not.

Janus was the Roman god of…a bunch of stuff. In this context, endings and beginnings, the past and the future, for whom the Romans named the first month of the year: January. It’s kind of cool to use that as a springboard for posting..at least as a basic idea.

The problem is that there is an important component missing, imVho. The Present. True, the present is fleeing and is often overlooked, but that’s the point. One could argue that Janus sits in the present, looking to the past and the future. But if he’s looking backward and forward, what does he see of NOW? I’d say not much, Maybe a bit peripherally.

Like all Roman (and Greek and…) gods, he is created in the image of man. And we are sooo much like Janus, either focused on the past, which we cannot change, or the future, which we can change, to greater or lesser degrees, sometimes.

But in either case, doing that we’re not in the present, which is the only “place” we actually live. And  focusing anywhere but here/now for any length of time means we miss out on what’s beautiful and blessing us in the present. Of course, we should look to the past occasionally: for reminders of God’s incredible track record with us as creatures and with us each personally. For learning lessons from mistakes so that we don’t repeat them (too often). But we can’t live there.  More on this theme tomorrow.

I much prefer The Lord Almighty, Who Was, Who Is, and Who Is to Come. Unchanging. Outside of time (unlike Janus who sits firmly inside time. On a fence, so to speak…) Because He is not bound by time (as its creator), past, present and future don’t mean the same thing to Him as is does to us time bound creatures. And that is such a good thing.

Jehovah Rophe: The Lord is Healing (my past).

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