Blog Carnival – One word at a time: Trust

Flash ForwardI’ve started watching the new ABC show FlashForward.

I’m still reserving judgement on how good the show is. It seems OK so far thus far but I can see that, beneath the surface, it has the capacity to go downhill very quickly.

However good or bad the show is though, it has been teaching me something about my prayers.

The basic premise of the show is this: at exactly the same moment, the entire human population of the planet all black out for 137 seconds. During their blackouts, each person sees a vision of their future – and all of them see what they’ll be doing on April 29th 2010 at 5am (UTC). Much of the show is given over to investigating what people will do with this knowledge of their future.

FlashForward postures that there are, essentially, three ways of acting when you know what your future will hold:

  1. Do your best to make that future come about
  2. Try to ‘change’ your future
  3. Lie about what your future holds to change your present situation

The difficulty the characters in the show have though is that nobody knows how the future they saw is destined to come about so they don’t know what they need to do to make it happen or to stop it from happening.

This made me think about something I pray fairly often, which goes like this:

Please, God, let me see just a little of what you have planned for me. Why is this happening? Please just give me a little glimpse of where you’re taking me, how you’re going to work what I’m going through now for good in the future.

You may not pray prayers like that, but I don’t think I’m completely alone in praying that way. From conversations I’ve had with people in the past, I know quite a few people who would like to know what their future holds.

What good is knowing the future though, if we don’t know how to get there? What use is knowing where we are going to end up if we don’t know what steps are required to bring us to that point?

There’s also the concepts of growth, development in increased maturity to take into consideration. What I’m prepared to do in ten years time after I have grown, developed and matured in my faith may be vastly different from what I’m prepared to do now. What I will be doing in the future might scare me so much if I knew it now that I might actually fight against it.

I am so glad that we have a great, big God who DOES know the future and knows how we will get there. I’m also glad that FlashForward is teaching me something more about trusting him to guide me one step at a time.

I don’t need to know what will happen a year from now or even ten years from now, I just need to trust him to guide me in the next step I take… and the one after that… and the one after that…

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