Monday, April 30, 2012

The Future

This sign is a perfect description of my life right now.
If it was not against the law,
I probably would have unbolted the thing and taken it home. 

If you were to peek behind this sign, it doesn't look too scary, right?
Blue, clear skies.
Sure, it is a dirt road, but I can see pretty far down it,
so it should be alright. 

Why would they put that sign there,
when I can clearly see for miles that it appears to be just fine?
Are they just covering themselves?
Have they never driven down this road?
Did they just find it easier to make a sign than to find out what is up ahead?
Or do they know something about this road that is unclear from where I stand?
So poetic....
So my life...

If I were to apply this crazy sign to my life and what is in the future,
it makes for some interesting pondering on how to process things in real-time.

* As I try to guess what is ahead for me, I could choose to not believe the sign
and just go with what I see physically in front of me.
The problem with that scenario is that my eyes can deceive me.
I see what I wanna see. 

* I have a person in my life who totally could have been the author of that sign
either to cover themselves so that they would not be blamed
for anything that might happen or
because they have so much fear about the unknown. 
Listening to this person's advice is not good for me.
This person does not have my best interest at heart.
They are worried more about how all of this is going to affect them,
cause them worry,
make them look bad.
So the advice is tainted with self preservation and not for what is good for me.   

 **I find the best balance for me is to use a little thing I like to call discernment
This helps me to prepare for the conditions that may be ahead of me.

The Webster dictionary defines discernment as:
the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is not clearly seen.  

So, since I know that there is not one person on this planet that can tell me
what the conditions are ahead for me,
I have to rely on The Only One that truly knows my future.

I love the Common English Bible version of Jeremiah 29:11, it says:
I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord;
they are plans for peace,
not disaster,
to give you a future filled with hope.

Although this was written to the nation of Israel, from God, through Jeremiah,
I think it still applies to His children today.
God does not change.
What He has for his children is still true.

This does not mean that I will not encounter hard times, for I will.
But I must hold onto the fact that God is for me and
He has an ultimate plan that is full of peace and hope.

Proverbs 3:5 must be hidden in my heart for times like these,
when I want to trust in my own understanding of things
or the way seems too hard to continue.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
and He will make your path straight.

Now, I must confess that I have actually gone down this road
where this sign is and it is awesome.
Yes, the road is rough and bumpy,
but the views are spectacular the higher up I drive.

Just think, if I had been too afraid to try.
Instead, I went prepared for the possible conditions ahead.

Really that is all we can do, right?

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