When I was young, and then on into my teen and young adult years, my mother would tell me what she saw in my future. “I can see where you are going, and…” was a typical observation. When I heard those words I usually went into defensive mode; it can’t be, I’m sure she is wrong, things like that wouldn’t happen to me, I’m not going that way, she’s crazy.
As I aged I understand her ability. Frequently it isn’t difficult. If one takes a step back, reflects, and projects the destination is very clear. It isn’t a matter of prejudice or fear, it is simple a + b = c. Last night I was out with a young man associated with company we might use and I could see clearly. The path is plain, yet he is blind. The heartache in the future is beyond his sight. The destruction is masked by the need for community and belonging. In contrast to my mother, I had no idea what I could or should say.
Heaven, in my dreams, includes our sight. It is about seeing clearly, understanding what is present and in the future, and impulsively making the right choice. It is here that “the impulsive will make sound decisions, the tongue-tied will speak with eloquence. No more will fools become celebrities, nor crooks be rewarded with fame.” (Isaiah 32.4, 5)
In the interim we live in a chaotic world with bad choices, decisions, and actions. It is hard to see what might happen and do nothing. My advice to those who would act is the following.
Take care to walk your own path reflecting your values and priorities. One in the clutches of death is rarely able to help another.
Engage if those around you. Be in relationships – supportive, nurturing, and when asked, giving directions.
Trust God to take care of God stuff. Divinity is engaged in your life and mine. We have a standing invitation to be part of God’s plan – take it.
It’s a clear day, if we choose.