Nothing like writing a Five Minute Friday post on Monday! It has been over two weeks since I wrote a blog post, and I’m ready to jump back in. Our days have been busy, but I need to make time to write. The prompt for this week is the word future.

 

Who Holds the Future

 

It reminds me of a song made famous by Doris Day, first sung in the Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Man Who Knew Too Much. (It has nothing to do with the story of the same title, written by G. K. Chesterton.) The song is called Que, Sera, SeraHere are the words of the chorus.

 

Que sera, sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que sera, sera

 

Whatever Will Be, Will Be?

 

At first glance it seems to make sense, but upon closer examination it almost seems fatalistic. It’s true that we cannot see the future, but I don’t think it boils down to “whatever will be, will be.”

It’s as if there is nothing we can do that would have any bearing on our future. While we may not be able to change our circumstances at any given time, we can learn how to work through them. It’s true we don’t know the future, but we can live our lives in a way that prepares us for what may come.

 

We can pursue areas in which we have interest. Click To Tweet

It is always fun to learn something new, a new skill perhaps, that would help prepare us for a job. Or maybe find ways to express ourselves with art or music or gardening or whatever else may call to us.

 

What about the future for those of us who are older?

 

At best I may only have about 30 yrs left barring any sickness or accident. My husband is 10 yrs. older so he may only have around 20 years, give or take a few. I’d like to find ways to enjoy our life to the fullest spending time together and with family.

How are we going to spend our time now looking forward to the future? Click To Tweet

 

One of the best things I know to do is put our trust in God. He holds the future. I am secure in His love, because Jesus bought me with his blood. No one can take away the future I have with Christ.

 

(John 10:27-30 NIV)

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will
snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me,
is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
I and the Father are one.

 

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, #TeaAndWord, #TestimonyTuesday, #RaRaLinkup, #Glimpses, #InspireMeMonday, #HeartEncouragement, #TuneInThursday,  #FreshMarketFriday

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28 thoughts on “Future: Plan For It or Let Whatever Be, Be?

    1. Thanks, Joe. I agree, and that’s why I went ahead and wrote it even though it’s past Friday. The link is open all week, right? So we’re not late, just a little slow. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting! God bless!

  1. Dear Gayl,
    It’s so nice to read your words here again! These thoughts are so true: “One of the best things I know to do is put our trust in God. He holds the future. I am secure in His love, because Jesus bought me with his blood. No one can take away the future I have with Christ.” And, when I keep my focus there, I find my safest and best way to look ahead. Thanks for the Scripture also, that was one of my Mom’s favorite verses, so it is a special memory tonight! Love and Hugs to you!

    1. Thank you, Bettie. I’m glad I finally found words again! Yes, it’s so important to keep focused on Him, because then we don’t need to worry. Aw, I’m glad the verses brought special memories. I cling to them sometimes.

      Many blessings to you, dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo

  2. Yes! I’m with you. I’ve never fully believed in those words either. I think we can change things we have control over. I wrote on a Monday too friend.

    1. Yes, we change what we can and continue trusting in God. I’m glad I’m not the only one not writing on Friday! Thanks so much for visiting, Tara!

      Blessings to you! xo

  3. Coming from FMF. I enjoyed your essay. Most of us can not choose how much time we have left on earth. A lady at our church is 99. She gave us all a scare recently. She fell and broke her hip. She did excellent during surgery. I saw her last Friday and she was doing well in her rehab facility, God has been good to her.

    1. Hi Cecelia, nice to have you visit! I’m glad you enjoyed my post. It’s true, we don’t know how much time we have, but God does and we can rest in that. So glad your friend is doing well. My mother lived to be 93 until she went home to be with the Lord last year. She led a long life and we were blessed.

      Blessings to you!

    1. Aw, thanks, Amanda. Glad to give you a little respite from the crazy. I’m thankful for you, too. So glad we met through Wholemama and have been able to get together in person, too!

      Blessings to you, my dear friend! xoxo

  4. Hi Gayl! I completely agree with you. There are so many things we can do to make our future better. Everyone has a future regardless of age, as long as you’re alive there is time to come and we can change what lies ahead. ‘Que sera, sera’ –– no way!

    1. Hello Vashti! I’m glad you agree. 🙂 I think we should all do what we can to make our futures better. I love your sentiment here – “‘Que sera, sera’ –no way!” You made me smile, and I totally agree!

      Hugs and blessings to you!

  5. Better late than never, right Gayl? Well that’s another popular saying that’s probably worth exploring too.
    As for ‘que sera, sera’, I love the conclusion you came to: it’s better to put our trust in God.
    Hugs and blessings!

    1. Yes, better late, but I wonder, maybe it does need exploring, too. 🙂

      Thank you for visiting, Marva, and yes, trusting in God is always right.

      Blessings to you! xo

  6. I agree that it’s important to let God be the author of what will happen in our lives—whatever that may be—and that what we do now should always prepare us for meeting Jesus face to face. I

    1. Yes, Larissa, I need to continue to ponder that question so as to spend my time meaningfully and and enjoy life.

      Blessings to you!

  7. Yes!
    Trust God, prepare ourselves where/when we can, and express ourselves are great ways to live today and prepare for the future.

    1. Thanks, Susan! I’m glad you agree. 🙂 Sometimes it’s hard to trust, but we realize that it is really the best thing we can do.

      Blessings to you!

    1. Thanks, Andrew! You are right. We aren’t assured of tomorrow, except that we know we will be with God when life here ends.

      Blessings to you and may God give comfort and relief and healing!

  8. No matter what I do, the best thing is put our trust in God. He holds the future. I am secure in His love, because Jesus bought me with his blood. No one can take away the future I have with Christ. So true.

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