I’ve always been intrigued by the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, and why Lot’s wife was saved just to be turned into a pillar of salt for daring to look back. I never understood it as a child, but I found myself recently revisiting this story as an allegory instead of a literal retelling and feel the need to share.

You might disagree, but I feel the bible has so much to offer in terms of interpreting the human condition. I base this belief on the idea that the bible, regardless of the origins, gives us a peek into the minds of individuals from long ago. We envision ourselves as evolved while the people in religious texts are primitive individuals when it appears we have not changed much in the past few thousand years.

This brings me back to the story of Lot and his family fleeing Sodom and Gomorrah during its destruction. Upon reading the story, Lot and his family are the only “good” people left between the two cities, and they are granted the privilege of fleeing in the name of mercy under the condition they do not look back. Considering the amount of people practicing the three main monotheistic religions it is safe to say many of us know how the story ends. Lot’s wife, Edith, looks back and is subsequently turned into a pillar of salt forever frozen in place while staring at a pile of ash, destruction, and chaos that was once her reality but can never be again. How poetic.

Is it really that difficult to understand the meaning? How often have you found yourself in a position in life to move forward only to find yourself reliving the past while ignoring the present or the potential future? I know I am guilty of this, and it must be common when you consider many life practices and disciplines call us to let the past go and encourage one to live in the present lest we never progress.

Maybe this doesn’t apply to you, and maybe it does. Does it hurt to do a little well check on yourself to see, though? Are there things you relive in your mind while the present moment quickly drifts into the past just for you to also reminisce that later, too? Are you intangibly tethered in place ignoring the opportunity to elevate yourself? Are you just staring back at a dead and useless pile of rubble unable to move forward? How often are you holding onto something that only hurts you? Food for thought.

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