We Just Don't Like It. (Unless it's the kind we find in the dryer or our pockets.)
What is it that our future holds for us? Would we truly want to know? If you could know what exactly was in your future for one year from now, or five years or for when you are 75.. would you really want to know?
As I have given this thought, I sometimes wonder if this is just a Greg thing or if most people think about this subject. The answer to the first question for me is yes. And no. I would like to know the answers to things that would be a positive, but if there are negative things on the horizon, I would not want to know them. Things like.. "Will someone ever give me a million dollars?" "Will I ever be as good at volleyball as I once was?" (Actually I know the answer to that one.) And "What kind of a car will I be driving in ten years?" (Maybe Pastor Mathna's big black Ford.) It is things like this that I would like to know but what if I found out today of terrible tragedies that would happen in my life? What if I knew those kinds of things? I think it would take much joy out of my life. I think it would cause me to dread the future and what is coming. I also believe that it would also cause me to pay attention to more details and be appreciative of some things, while at the same time make me do things differently to try and change the future. It just doesn't seem healthy to me.
Whether we like it or not, change is going to come. And the older we get, the less we like it. (Did I hear an "Amen" from some of my older readers?) Change is inevitable. Change will come. There is honestly nothing we can do to avoid it. Change at times can make us feel uneasy while at the same time change in some ways can be quite exciting not knowing what is on the horizon. Think of it like it is your first time on the latest greatest roller coaster. You just don't know what the next turn might have coming at you. It might be something that throws you for a loop or sends you spiraling into a cork screw and twisting you in all sorts of direction. Whatever the ride, at the end of the 90 seconds of unexpected excitement is this feeling that comes over you that you definitely must do it again. (Unless you hated it and it made you cry or made you sick, then it might not have that feeling of excitement to do it again.)
Life isn't quite the same as a roller coaster experience and that's why it is called life and not an amusement park. In life there are things we look back on and say. "I wish I would never have done that", or "If I had that to do over again, I would have thought that through a little more thoroughly." But even with the regrets and the things we wish we did not have to endure, we are wiser, more compassionate, more patient and (hopefully) just an all around better person because of those past experiences.
Looking back I believe can help the idea of looking forward to the future easier. When realizing what amazing things we would have missed out on if we would have been happy with the same old same old should make us look forward to the future and for change. But at the end of the day, we are human. We still dislike change. And ten years from now we will look back and evaluate what was better, what was worse, what mistakes we made and what things we wouldn't trade for the world.
Together we will venture into the future. Together we will face change. Together we will grow old and grow spiritually. And together I hope we will continue to reach out to others, serve one another and continually be moving forward. The ways of man from generation to generation are ever changing but God reminds us...I the LORD do not change.(Malachi 3:6 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.(Hebrews 13:8 NIV)