Our 7-year-old daughter has a great imagination and is super creative. One of her favorite things to draw and plan is her future house.
The girl has big plans! She talks about what colors her house will be and how she will decorate the rooms. She has drawn bunk beds with the intention of sharing with her siblings. There will be a slide in the yard, a special room for the toys and she has named all of the cats that will live with her. Often, she will talk about her special toys that she plays with and mentions that she will have them in her house, “When I get bigger.”
I am amazed at the detail she thinks of as she dreams of her future. I also find it quite interesting that her future plans for her older self are entirely focused on the interests and joys of her 7-year-old child self. She is dreaming of a future for when she will be grown but can only project that future through the lens of her current reality. She can only plan for a future based on her current experience and is limited to what she is already familiar with. She cannot begin to fathom a greater reality or the incredible opportunities that lie before her in her future. Her dream is limited.
I didn’t have the heart to tell her that when she is older she would most likely have different desires and might not even want those toys anymore. And I smile to think of all of the wonderful possibilities that await her that she cannot even imagine. Then it occurred to me that God must be quite amused as he listens to us lay out our plans for the future.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”
I picture him just leaning back and grinning as we try to hold on to what we see as important in our present and figure out how to maintain that in our future. We have no idea what wonders and depths lie ahead. In fact, I would venture to say that most of us would be resistant to a future that didn’t include the things we find joy in now. The lens we see our future through is so limited by the experiences of the past and the comforts of the present.
What if God has so much more for you? Do you trust him to allow you the same blessings and joy in your future, even if it looks nothing like what you can imagine today?
I love this encouragement from the apostle Paul in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…” What He has in store for us is unimaginably beyond our current circumstances and situations.
Dream with me!