I’ve just joined a writer’s community called Five Minute Friday, which provides a writing prompt every Friday morning for a quick free-write. Today’s prompt: Future.
Only one Person has a full view of the future. That’s not my tummy, which is sometimes anxious, or my brain, which is often racing through possibilities. (Devastating possibilities! Terrifying possibilities! Staggeringly fabulous possibilities!) God has the big picture, and God hasn’t shown me as much as I sometimes would like to see. I have to content myself with little bits I can glean:
- At some time in the future, all of creation will be liberated from its chains (Rom. 8:20-21). When God says “all,” God means “all.” To me, this suggests that the Old Testament “poetic” images of trees that applaud and mountains that skip like goats are not just poetry, they’re visionary. I begin to look forward to the day when I will dance with a mountain while trees keep time around the gigantic outdoors “hall.”
- At some time in the future, tears will cease to exist (Rev. 21:4). When you live with recurring depressions, this is an amazing idea. First my very God wipes away every tear, then my very God removes every reason to weep.
- At some time in the future, I will see God in all of God’s glory and, in the words familiar from Handel’s Messiah, “all earth shall see it together” (Isa. 40:5). I marvel at the “glory” of a sunrise, a budding daffodil, a thundering waterfall. I can only start to imagine what the “glory” (“heaviness” or “weightiness”) of God might be. I find a hint in the Old Testament, when not even the people set apart to serve God could enter the place of worship, because God had filled that place with God’s glory (Ex. 40, 1 Kings 8, 2 Chron. 5, 2 Chron. 7).
In the future God hints at, “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the sea” (Hab. 2:14). That’s better than the most fabulous future my brain can concoct.
True confessions: I invested 15 minutes in today’s piece. Great prompt!