If the Fates Allow

It is impossible to foresee all eventualities.  While forward thinking is advised, no amount of planning can insure success.  On the other hand, victory has been snatched from the jaws of defeat on multiple occasions by the unlikeliest of protagonists.

I marvel at proficient planners.  A minor (read inefficient) planner myself, I understand the need of foresight and erudition in divining the future.  Hitting it just right can be like nailing Jello to the wall.  The weathermen receive too much credit and too much blame for their sight.  They may call for climes as dry as mouthfuls of sand, and, pretty soon, it’s raining men.  Hallelujah.

The past is not an accurate predictor of the future, but it the only predictor we’ve got.  We base what we believe will be true on what we have seen to be true.  In much the same way, what we call a gut reaction is, in reality, pattern recognition.  Looking at former days can give us a sense of what is likely though it is not set in stone.  Young children may be safe around pit bulls, but experience urges caution.

As we do not know what will happen, it might be good to be prepared for possibilities.  Outdoor weddings will attest.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.  A lot of things are better in theory than in practice.  It seems like a good idea to have long life, but that is contingent on several things, financial and physical not the least. 

New Covenant James said we don’t know what will happen tomorrow.  In the Old Testament, Solomon counseled preparedness, but even he knew time and chance could disrupt excellence in any form.  The Apostle went on to say that we must cast our eyes to heaven and buffer our plans with recognition that the sovereign God is over all.

We may go about our days with the enthusiasm of Shark Tank contestants, but we can’t meet all projections.  We, simply, do not have that kind of control.  While we can make choices, we can’t choose consequences.  It is impossible for us to say we did not get what we deserved since none of us really deserves anything at the hand of God.  In the eyes of all mankind, it appears that some receive less and some more than their due.  But this is a human and faulty perspective.  I know it well.

Life is uncertain.  For this reason, we must exercise opportunities when they present.  They may not come again.  In like manner, we should sow fields not expecting to reap.  We cast votes according to our lights, but Scripture tells us the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord.  Nothing occurs but by divine appointment.  Hard to understand but heartbreakingly true.

Way leads to way, and we may not return from our journeys to familiar lands.  Through the years, we all may be together, but who knows if you and I will meet again?  Let’s take advantage of the time we have together until the day we land on shore.

Sterl      

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