I have tried my best to figure out everything about God and what plans he has for me, and just when I think I have, he does something different. Imagine that, and imagine if we knew it all, we would certainly avoid all the trouble and pain, stay in the places of life where we were safe and sound, and enjoy the benefits of predicting a bright future ahead.
Just the thought of that makes me cringe because the adventure of life is just that, an adventure, and part of its dynamics is that wonderment of what we do not know. Thus, when asked what the future has in store for me, I say without hesitation, We'll see!
At the very end of the movie Charlie Wilson's War which is essentially about three key people along with the people of Afghanistan defeating the mighty Russians (this is a true story), the CIA agent tells the story of the Zenmaster and the 14 year old boy.
The boy receives a horse for his 14th birthday, and all the people in the village say "wonderful", and the Zenmaster says we'll see! Then a few months later, the boy falls off the horse and breaks his leg. The villagers say "how terrible" and the Zenmaster says we'll see!
Then war breaks out and all the men of the village have to go and fight, except for the boy who has to stay behind because he has a broken leg, and the other villagers say, "how wonderful", but the Zenmaster says We'll see!
We think that the situation we are in is the worst, or that thing we did is so great, and it is part of real life to feel the emotion of those times. But to take that to the extreme and think things will never get better or that we will always experience the best of life, is to think that we are God who knows the future, and we are certainly not him.
If we trust in him and understand that each moment of life has a lesson for us to learn, then our attitude about what happens next will always be.......(you say it now!)
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.