EmPulse for Week of March 14, 2011
It was after I was abducted by aliens that I started to see things differently, think differently, and act peculiarly. Or so I’m told. I feel no different…, basically. I think. Although, NASA has asked me to sit in on a Hi-Tech Table Team to discuss reverse engineering; and I never even studied how to drive a train. [I do seem to know a lot about gravity-modified space-folding and mass/variable polar fusion.]
But that’s not was we’re talking about, is it? And, no, we’re not talking about retro-fitting alien technology to produce our own spacecraft or super-weapons either. Our reverse engineering has more to do with a deep desire to journey back in time to relive some of our worst moments, our worst decisions, our most inappropriate actions, and to make things right. We each have past experiences that have been very painful—some, of our own making. We have flown off into a rage and said things that deeply hurt another. We want to make that right. We have done other things that hurt someone physically; maybe crippling them for life. We want to make that right.
Seeking forgiveness for wrongs we have inflicted on others is a good thing. If those people are still alive, forgiveness may, possibly, be granted. If they are dead, you live with your pain. But you cannot deconstruct the past to read an alternate history. What’s done is done. Whereas it might be possible to rectify the injustices of your past, they remain in your soul as tight, dark specters. In many instances your only solace will come from the God Who created you, from His forgiveness for all you’ve done or left undone. To seek His forgiveness is no small matter. It demands that you take your place as a creature among His creation: it demands you acknowledge the God Who created you as such and none other. It is to know your place in the cosmos and to assume your rightful responsibilities.
Most of us will always dream of reverse engineering—being able to change some of the things we’ve done in our past. But we cannot. The most we can do is to take steps to rectify our actions through corrective actions in the present; and to seek forgiveness for the things we have done—from those we have wounded, and from the God who made us to be otherwise. Thus, we can change the future and bring some resolution and healing to deeds done wrongly.