Is it possible to become too consumed with our present? Is it possible to only think about where we are today and forget that today doesn’t have to hold our tomorrows hostage?
I understand the importance of savoring the moment. I wrote about the moments in our lives are what matter most.
If I squander all the moments I’m given, at the end of life, I will realize that it was not just moments I lost but my life wasted. –Just A Matter of Moments
But today I’m thinking about how all too often I allow the pale gray of my today to wash out the beautiful hues of possibilities that tomorrow can bring. As children, we are encouraged to dream about the endless possibilities that lie ahead. Yet some where along the route through adulthood, we are called to come out of the clouds and dwell in what is. I am not proposing that we all wash away the realities of today for the illusions of Neverland but rather that we not allow our hopes to be diluted by what we currently see.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 (KJV)
God himself doesn’t limit our possibilities by the state of our current condition. In this passage of Isaiah, it doesn’t deny the fact that sin is there presently but he provides hope for the future…they shall be as white as snow. To see both what is and what is to come—a true gift.
In the book, Praying for Your Future Husband, she co-authored, Tricia Goyer shares her story of her sin stained beginnings that found her pregnant at seventeen. With teenage pregnancy and broken relationships looming over her head, she felt stuck and hopeless. But her story didn’t end there. Her troubled past did not rob her of a beautiful future.
So even if we find our today littered with failures, shortcomings, or shattered dreams, let us each be reminded that our present condition does not define our future reality.