The future is blurry — but it’s always been this way. A pandemic illuminates that difficult reality.
I’m an optimist (sometimes deluded by my own ideals) and a starry-eyed dreamer, so what I share is something I’m still learning — to trust the Lord each day and live each day within the means of God’s strength, grace, and peace — presently engaged.
C.S. Lewis wrote about this on the cusp of war, when in 1939 his students at Oxford were uncertain of their academic futures, and he knew better than to offer pithy, empty promises.
Lewis wrote —
A more Christian attitude, which can be attained at any age, is that of leaving futurity in God’s hands. We may as well, for God will certainly retain it whether we leave it to Him or not.
Never, in peace or war, commit your virtue or your happiness to the future. Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment “as to the Lord.”
It is only our daily bread that we are encouraged to ask for. The present is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received.
Do you allow the enemies of excitement and frustration to interfere with the work God has called you to do? Let us leave futurity in God’s hands and work from moment to moment “as to the Lord”.
{Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3}