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Embrace Your As-Yet Unseen Future

Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

I told someone this week how special it is to be married to my best friend, have two great kids, have a life-transforming job, and be healthy nearing fifty.

On the other hand, it’s so special to be like the young woman on this picture wondering what the future holds.  Wondering who she will become.

Embrace Your As-Yet Unseen Future

Paul’s getting married.

Krista and Robert are having a baby; Abby & Zach and Sharna & Nate are too!

Tonight I met with some imminent graduates including Angela, Ashtin, Brittany, Caronda and Vincent.

Excitement and apprehension.  The thrill of “done” coupled with the uncertainty of “what’s next.”

You marry your dream date, but what will we make of it?

You’re having a baby, but who will she or he become?  And, will she or he be more likely to remember the good time or the bad times?  Will he or she echo my strengths or my weaknesses?

Shannon, my daughter, is a year away from graduation.  Josh, my son, is thinking of starting college in the fall.

Change Is Inevitable

My grandfather called me “Scotty the scientist” because I loved science and learning about things.  I carried around science and nature books.  I read National Geographic and Ranger Rick magazines as an elementary schooler.

I was an ecological biology major.  “Scotty the scientist” took a turn.  The story is a long and winding one, but the boy who loved animals heard God’s love and fell in love with people.

I didn’t know it was coming.  There was no warning.  I thought I’d study wolves and eagles and I study teens and parents.

When I was young I didn’t care.  After I experienced God’s love I wondered what God had in store for my life.
Much as I wanted it, God didn’t call me with caring support, illuminate my room with the neon light of direction or draw me a road map from now to then. God simply provided me just enough light for the path I was walking down, one step at a time.

I knew about today, and I could plan for tomorrow.

There were a couple of signs I read that made my travels easier.

Signs I Read

Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart… *

When I started to care about what God cared about, I started to care about the needs of others.

Twenty-five years later I know God is changing my heart from selfish to kindness and from self-centered to caring.

Commit everything you do to the Lord.  Trust him, and he will help you.**

When I acted like I didn’t need help from God or others, life was a lonely struggle.

Twenty-five years later I know that God has made my travels easier by leaning on God and journeying together with others.

Embrace your as-yet unseen future, and don’t try to do it alone.

* Psalm 37:4, NASB

** Psalm 37:5 NLT

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