Hi, my name is Marlie, and I THINK I can see the future.
You see, every now and then I freeze up and I look like I’m in outer space. I get this kind of vision of something that’s about to happen…
Wait, no, that’s not me. That’s every episode I’ve ever seen of That’s So Raven on Disney Channel.
How many of you think you can predict what’s coming? How many of you, like me, know but don’t want to admit that you’re wrong?
It would be cool, wouldn’t it? Being able to know what’s coming so you didn’t have to anticipate anything.
The more I think about it, the more I realize how little excitement there would be in life.
In this world that moves very fast, it’s easy to start to feel like you can’t keep up, no matter what “milestone” you’re on.
When I was in high school, I was worried about college. In college, I worried about my career. In my career, I’m still worried about what the future holds for me.
Everyone has a different “plan” that they would like to follow, lots of times based off of what is normal in the society that surrounds them.
Get Educated – Start a Career – Find a Home – Get Married – Find a Bigger Home – Have Children – Raise Children – Repeat
These things might not happen in a specific order for anyone, but people still constantly long for the next thing. And by people, I mean anyone who feels as guilty about it as I do while I’m writing this.
In this world of instant gratification, worrying about what’s to come only brings one thing that you can expect —
S – Striving for MORE
T – Trusting in worldly norms
R – Reaching for a nonexistent “finish line”
E – Extra work
S – Sure disappointment
S – Sleepless nights
We come up with all of these goals and ideas and expectations about the future while we are supposed to be in bed sleeping (I just called myself out again).
The unfortunate truth about being your own fortune teller is this: Most of the time things do not work out the way you plan.
So I am here to give you, reader, and myself a message we have been ignoring while we are too busy “planning ahead.”
We don’t MAKE the plans, we just LIVE them. The plans were made long before we were even born.
Jeremiah 29:11 says:
“‘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.‘”
The fortunate truth is that you don’t NEED a fortune teller because you were already promised hope and a future from He who created you.
So while you are awake stressing about something you have no control over, take a moment to thank Him for the present.
Thank Him for the things you have now that you probably stressed about in the past. Haven’t you already been through so much? You have made it this far, and His plans for you are great.
I pray that you can find peace in knowing that the future is out of your hands. Though it sounds scary, know that He also gives courage to those who need it. If you’re going through a tough time and wonder what’s next, let Him carry you through the present to the future he has mapped out just for you.
Goodnight now– It is time for me to stop thinking about tomorrow and rest in the present (or all I can foresee is lots of coffee and crankiness).
Until next time,