Everyone has questions. Everyone. I’ve had multiple discussions over the past few weeks centered around the future and what it holds. In each of these discussions, much has been made about how many of us would like to know what is in our futures, but I question that. What if we did know everything that was going to happen to us before it actually happened? If we could, would we really want to know the details? I’ve been spending some time on the topic and I wonder:
- What possible good could come from knowing the difficulties we would face ahead of time? While there are certainly things that could be given additional prep time, the majority of those difficulties would simply be enlarged by giving us time to dred them.
- What joys of the present (both small and large!) would be swallowed up or ignored?
- Would our foreknowledge of the good things that are to come minimize our joy and excitement upon their actual arrival?
- Living life without a sense of anticipation? I vote no!
I believe it is enough that GOD knows what will happen. In fact, I’m grateful that His knowledge of all my days is complete. The Psalmist knew the truth of this and he wrote the following:
“Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:16 (NKJV)
I’ve also made a few decisions for myself:
- I’m going to give thanks today for all the things that I DO NOT know.
- I’m going to give praise to the One who knows it all for allowing me the peace of mind that can only come from facing one day at a time.
- I’m going to choose to rest in Him today, trusting that He’s provided all I need to tackle what He’s placed in front of me at the moment.
- I’m choosing to rest.
- I’m choosing to enjoy today and look forward to tomorrow…no matter what it holds.
- I’m choosing to believe that the days already written for me are filled with joy and goodness…and God. And if I am wrong? I will face that day when it comes…and I will face it with Him at my side and on my side.
Although there’s nothing we can do to change the actual circumstances that we will face, we are in control of the attitudes with which we face them. Anyone can do this! We just have to put our trust in the One who knows it all and loves us best. What will you choose today?
“Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (HCSB)