“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
The future is a scary thing.
It can also be a beautiful thing. It can be filled with light and hope, joy and untold adventure. At the same time, it is roiling with storms, hurricanes, danger, and risk.
The future is possibly the most terrifying thing I have ever faced. It was J.M Berry in Peter Pan who said, “To die will be an awfully big adventure.” However, I would like to rephrase that, “To live is an awfully big adventure.” We must take what comes, no matter how confusing, because its life. Some things we control. Many we don’t.
The key is being able to let go of those things that we cannot control. Two artists were once asked to paint a portrayal of ‘peace’. The first artist painted smooth strokes of a green valley. With the sun shining and a gentle breeze barely disturbing the beautiful flowers that grew along the valley floor.
The second artist, painted something like this. A picture of a mighty waterfall, crashing down with the strength to break the rocks in the pool beneath it. In the midst of the waterfall grew a tree, each branch bent with the weight of the water crashing continually over it. In the tree, hunched in the shelter the leaves provided, a robin sings in a nest.
When we examine the future and worry our minds with problems, we usually do not think we have peace. But my goal is not to find peace only in the valley, but also under the weight of the mighty waterfall.
Because when the storm passes, God brings a rainbow. Today, I ran through our sprinkler systems. I discovered something. I could find rainbows in the midst of the storm if I look for them.
Do not let the future burden you. It is a mighty thing, but your God is mightier.
Be blessed today.