At the beginning of March Marlyn and I went over to Glasgow for the weekend to see Gareth our eldest son. He is working there as a dentist and enjoying the beginning of a working life. What the future holds for him or our other children only God knows. And I wouldn’t want it to be any other way.
While in Glasgow we got a phone call from Andrew, our other son, to tell us he was at the Royal Victoria Hospital having broken his leg playing rugby. If we had known, would we have gone to Glasgow? If we could see the future, there would be no more surprises and no more unexpected treats. But imagine knowing something bad was about to happen. How would we cope?
One of the joys of life for me is watching live sport on TV, especially the rugby internationals. But what if I knew the score every time before I watched the match? Or missing the excitement of Christmas day, holidays and so on. I am quite glad not to know what the future holds and instead I can look forward with hope, sometimes fear, often uncertainty but always knowing that while the near future is unclear, my eternal future is secure.
So this lent, as we approach the Easter season, never forget that while our time here on earth is uncertain and can change in an instant, our hope rests not on the world, but on an empty tomb in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago.
I am looking forward to the future and watching our children’s future unfold. I don’t know what will happen, but our God knows and that is good enough for me.
May you feel blessed and loved this Easter.