“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
I’m not a very good driver. I will almost always let someone else drive, unless I know the person who’s driving is worse than I. While driving, I often find myself checking all of my mirrors constantly, I want to know what’s going on. But, much of the time I find myself looking in my rearview mirror, I want to see what’s happening behind me.
I lived much of my life this way, focusing on what had already happened instead of keeping my eyes ahead of me; my mind was on the past not on the future.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
God knows our past, but that’s easy, even we know that. God goes above and beyond what we can fathom; he even knows the future he has for us. He knows what he’s called us to do, the struggles we’ll face and the triumphs we’ll experience. What’s more is that his plans for us are good, the future is bright and hopeful. We can be sure that God has the best intentions for us as we walk through life. I am so thankful that I don’t need to fear the future, but I can be secure in knowing that God is as present in my future as he has been in my past.
What do you see in your future? I pray you see something bright and full of hope! Do you have any God-given dreams that you long to pursue? What can you do today to build toward your better future? We can trust that God will do his part, but we have to do ours.
Lord, you are outside the realm of time and space! That is incredible, unfathomable! Forgive us for our doubting of a better future. Thank you that your intentions for us are always good, we trust in your character and love! Be with us today as we work toward the bright future that you’re calling us to. Amen!