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And Mr. Jones will be stepping down as our CEO….
Mrs. Black has decided to step back from her role as the women’s ministry leader…
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’re requesting that Ms. Lake take a step back from her current duties…
We’ve all been there. The promotion was given to someone else and the temporary management position is no longer temporary. It’s filled- and not in the way we wished for.
That letter of dashed hope arrived in the mail- “While you have many qualifications suited to the position, we have filled the position with a higher-qualified candidate.” Gulp.
What happens when you have to step back?
Back to the role of the common.
Back to the duties you had hoped to relinquish.
Back to the everyday after a vacation.
As a little girl, I grew up with heavy West Virginia winter snow. Occasionally I remember riding with my dad or my brother in the snow and we would get “stuck.” Meaning the snow would be too deep and we’d stay in one place with the tires spinning. My dad would say “Let’s put it in reverse.” And strangely enough, after we’d back up just a few feet, those tires would move right out of that snow and shortly we’d be on our way again.
We had to back up so we could continue moving forward.
The word “reverse” carries a connotation that none of us appreciate. It does, after all, mean that you are going backwards.
Who wants to traverse territory just covered?
Who wants to look back once you’ve embarked on a journey?
Who wants to step back from any potentially higher opportunity?
You’ve heard slow progression described as “two steps forward, three steps back” and perhaps you have even rolled your eyes with the description because you felt the pain of the person discussing the weary pace of the journey.
But I’m venturing out to say that stepping back is actually forward movement.
“Reverse” isn’t always a negative word.
The first step forward is often taking a step back.
Without taking a step back, no more steps forward can be taken.
Reverse is a temporary solution to keep us on the forward path.
So the next time you feel like you’re going three steps forward, two steps back….
or you receive that denial letter…
or you listen to the voicemail that it’s a “no go.”
Then remember that reverse is actually forward progress.
God has something else around the bend…
He’s just asking you to step back so you can look ahead to His plan.
I’d love to read your opinion on this topic.
Have you experienced how stepping back is actually stepping forward?