Why it Doesn’t Matter What Lies Beyond

We'd all like to know what lies beyond and what the future holds. But does it really matter? It depends on how you choose to face the future. #beyond #whatliesbeyond #future #Light #Christmas #Christian #discouragement #politics #fmfparty #hope

We’d all like to know what lies beyond and what the future holds. But does it really matter? It depends on how you choose to face the future.

This post is part of the Five-Minute Friday quick write hosted by Kate Moutang. Join us each Thursday night on Twitter (#FMFParty) for fun and fellowship, then grab a pen and start writing when the prompt goes live!

We'd all like to know what lies beyond and what the future holds. But does it really matter? It depends on how you choose to face the future. #beyond #whatliesbeyond #future #Light #Christmas #Christian #discouragement #politics #fmfparty #hope

Another Dreary December Day

The clouds spread out over the sky like a dingy down comforter most of the day. Pellets of icy rain pummeled the dried-up grasses and left divots in the dusty earth. When the wind managed to push aside the blanket in the sky, the clouds fought back.

The day fit my mood. Dreary, grey, and tired.

I’m tired of politics and political antics. I weary of sore losers threatening democracy. If I see one more truck roaring around town abusing my flag…I don’t know what I’ll do. All the devil’s divisions make me worry about why he needs the diversions. What evil plan does he have up his sleeve?

When did our country slip into black and white thinking? No, I don’t mean skin color, I mean the inability to see another person’s point of view. The last time this happened on such a large scale, the Holocaust happened.

People have lost the ability to see what lies beyond their actions. We have become a nation of petulant two-year-olds. Instead of looking to the future and the probable consequences of our decisions, we lunge and grasp for the shiny toy the man on television promises.

It makes me tired, grey, and sad.

What Lies Beyond 2020?

I do what I’ve done other times in my life when nothing made sense, I turn to the Light. The Light provides the only hope.

“I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

John 8:12 NLT

Only the Light can cast out darkness (and I don’t get to determine how the Light works). I have a light for my dreary, grey, and tired days.

Bad news? Turn to the Light. Political antics elevating my blood pressure? Turn to the Light. Rude flag-wavers treating people disrespectfully? Turn to the Light. Discouragement hounding my steps? Turn to the Light.

God didn’t promise an earthly address of Easy Street.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NIV

I don’t have to worry about what lies beyond. Why? Because I can choose peace and the Light and he will make a way. In this season of darkness, let us not forget the reason for our celebrations. Jesus, the Light of the World.

We'd all like to know what lies beyond and what the future holds. But does it really matter? It depends on how you choose to face the future. #beyond #whatliesbeyond #future #Light #Christmas #Christian #discouragement #politics #fmfparty #hope
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  1. Looking in the looking-glass,
    I have to smile and say
    that while trouble came to pass,
    it did not come to stay.
    The wheels go ’round, and ’round again,
    the night gives birth to dawn,
    childbirth follows labour-pain,
    and thus the world goes on,
    in drunken stumble, it is true,
    but come hangover’s cleanse,
    the madap dance will soon be through,
    and then plain common sense
    will our hearts and spirits lift,
    for this is God’s greatest gift.
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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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