Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now
I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.
- (194) I place the future in the Hands of God.
The past is gone; the future is not yet. Now am I freed from both. For what God gives can only be for good. And I accept but what He gives as what belongs to me.
I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.
Today’s lesson idea reminds me to place the future in the Hands of God. Isn’t the future already in His hands anyway? Well, yes and no. The gift of free will allows us, evidently, to either place the future in the Hands of God or be otherwise adrift in the ego’s illusion – never knowing what the future holds and not being able to entrust it to anybody or anything because who, other than God, would have a clue as to what is coming next in this chancy world of ours?
Placing the future in the Hands of God then, frees me from my past – and with that out of the way, the past can no longer affect my future. And trusting in God with that allows me to live in the peaceful, blessed present. For what God gives can only be good, our lesson today states, and what God gives is what truly belongs to me. This statement is the ultimate de-stressor. I can relax. Nothing is up to me – the future is in the hands of Someone much smarter and bigger and knowledgeable than I am!
But this morning there for a while I thought it was in my hands. We had planned a trip to Dollywood for the family – renting a cabin in the Smokies and gathering our family around us – the grown kids and the grandkids – and spending Labor Day weekend soaking up all the thrills and splashes at the theme and water park. James had dreamed up this idea on our trip home from Chattanooga while we drove past the screaming-with-promised-fun road signs on I-81 North.
The last he had been there, it was called Silver Dollar City, and he had pushed our oldest daughter around in a stroller. Happy thoughts of going there again with our grown children and grandsons, filled us both with nostalgic glee. We could rent a cabin and invite them all – spend some quality family time together over the long weekend, create a warm and happy memory, and have a lovely time with our children all under the same roof. It fell upon me to make it happen.
All said and done, it isn’t going to happen. A simple cost/benefit analysis shows that the costs: The extra time away from home at the end of a long work week away; chancy weather; hordes of people; forecasted traffic and ride waits; clashing school and work demands; and pet and animal care for the extended stay away from home, far outweigh the joy for the few of us who can make it happen. “The juice ain’t worth the squeeze” as our friend Hubie is fond of saying.
I could feel disheartened, but I choose to keep today’s lesson idea in mind. God knows our heart’s longing; He will bring us together, all of us, at the right time and the right place. In the meantime, we can place the future, all of it, in the Hands of our most trustworthy God.