The turn of the year fairly begs for it, and many would oblige, but can one think of a more futile occupation? We are all would-be prognosticators. We pry and plan, but who can foresee the future in truth? God-given prophecy is in bits and pieces, even, and it is said of those prophets that they peered in vain to try to see what the meaning of the messages were.
One thing I have learned is that things take strange turns. Life is stranger than fiction is more a truth than many other things we might observe. We can’t possibly imagine or make up events more strange than how they often turn out.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t track things and guess at outcomes…we just can’t count on our conclusions is all.
I read through some tongue in cheek and some rather serious predictions in a couple of blogs.. with the new year’s advance I expect to read more. But the real oddity is that in all the predictions the real prophets among us are often the most ignored. Why is that? They are lost in the fluff and the flurry of all the prophetic confetti.
Yet there is guidance to be had. God gives it, and that alone is to be trusted. It is hidden in meaning oftentimes, but it can be understood with seeking. Think of Daniel. The answers are always found in seeking God and the meaning of His message.
Can we? Shall we?
It will dictate the direction of our life, whether we may make our way, or be swept along in it.
the strangest things…or how I dreamt of a tsunami…
A few years ago I had a dream that stood out in my mind when I awoke, the kind where you feel that there is meaning in it. Since the news of this last, real and devastating, tsunami came about I was reminded of it.
I was on a shoreline, at a beach, talking with my then-pastor. I was trying to convince him of the danger of a coming tsunami and the fact that many children were at a church camp on a cape that stretched out into the sea. I was telling him that we all needed to get to higher ground, but he brushed aside what I was saying. I went ahead to get my children to safety… getting all to cross the narrow passage to safety, except one of my youngest. I saw we were far into the coming of the waves, so I lashed her with myself to something on a boat. I woke up hoping she would make it.
Do physical events have predictive importance for spiritual ones? Are we to face a tsunami of events in the coming times? How quickly events may change the face of the future. How suddenly some completely unexpected turns overtake us.
I have been thinking over that past dream, and I have trying to absorb the news of the devastation of this past weekend’s tsunami. It gives me pause when I think of prognostications and anyones ability to foresee. So few can, and even fewer to hear. We be best paying attention to our todays.