A Look into the Future
God has a funny way of giving you glimpses into the future. Sometimes, it’s something subtle (like scrolling through your Instagram feed and seeing a relevant quote), and other times they’re a lot bigger occurrences, like a phone call from someone you didn’t expect or a major act of kindness.
As we move closer to a new year, I’ve been thinking a lot about this time last year and all the goals (i.e. glimpses of the future) I had for myself. 2017 was supposed to be my year of “restoration” (restoration in friendships, in finances, in career, relationship with God, etc.). Long story short, it was supposed to be my year! However, my reality of 2017 was losing a job, getting into two car accidents, making less money, and losing friendships. This year didn’t meet my expectations, but as I write this post (11 months into the year), I’m realizing all of these setbacks were essential for the glimpses of the future I had in 2017 to manifest in 2018.
Tracking back to the topic of glimpses, they can get confusing. The moment you experience something else contradicting it, it's easy for the excitement and inspiration you had to go away.
You see, a lot of times with God it’s easy to fall into this “expectation versus reality” trap because even though we know something is on the way, our reality can cause us to question, doubt, and even give up completely on it. For example, you know in the future you will have many businesses and bring in a lot of money for your family, but as of now, you're living check to check. Or even, you know in your heart you will eventually get married, but you haven’t had a boyfriend in four years.
When you experience a situation appearing to conflict with your glimpse of the future remember Romans 8:28 (NLT), “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Everything – negative or positive – works together for your good.
For a moment, I want you to stop reading this and reflect on this past year. Think about the low points, the high points, and even the “okay” points. Then I want you to think about all the glimpses of the future God has given you (write them down if you need to). Once you’ve done this, find connections. Did God say you will get a promotion at work? Perhaps you needed to get scolded by your boss to get your act together before receiving that promotion. Did God say you will write books? Maybe you needed to lose those friends who loved to “turn up,” so you can have material for your book and more time to write. Everything occurrence in your life is intentional.
Before you determine the goals you have for next year, make it a priority to connect the dots between the moments you experienced this past year and the glimpses of the future God gave you. Use this a foundation to map out your goals and resolutions for 2018.
This new year is going to amazing you guys. Are you ready? I know I sure am.