If God Makes the Future

Easter 2009
Easter 2009

“Mom, if God makes the future, why doesn’t he always make it good?” Little Man’s question and the expression on his sweet face made me stop and pull him close.

Oh, precious boy, I wish I had an easy answer to this question that has burned in the hearts of so many. How do I express that most days it takes sheer faith for me to believe that God’s ways are good and his plans are always best? It makes no sense when we suffer and feel we’re drowning under the weight of sorrow.

Wogauyu’s question was on my mind as I went to bed last night. Good Friday was nearly here; I thought of the disciples who must have wondered the same thing. They watched their Messiah and friend die a horrific death on the cross. Their hopes were crushed and their hearts broken. The future God planned looked very bleak.

But we know what happened next – Jesus ROSE from the dead.

The disciples couldn’t see the incredible ways God was going to work through the death of the one they had followed, loved, and served. It made little sense to them.

For those of us who suffer (which is everyone at some point), we can’t see the end of the story; we can’t even imagine how glorious it will be. We can only have faith that God’s promises are true – and some days that’s hard to come by.

So, we remind ourselves by reading scripture, praying, surrounding ourselves with people who speak truth to us, and listening to music that points our minds in the right direction. Some of us may even need to put little notes on our refrigerators and windowsills reminding ourselves, “God’s promises are true,” and “It is well,” and “Nothing can separate us from the love of God….”

Our God does not lie – His promises are true.

As for God “making the future,”

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55: 8-9

And best of all,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29: 11-13

Let’s call on him, pray to him, and seek him with all our hearts.

Today is Good Friday – and Easter is coming.

Encourage one another, friends.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Jeri
    April 3, 2015

    We had this same discussion. Why have some of our children gone through such hard times in their lives. It's for a greater purpose, somehow it's for a greater purpose. It still breaks my heart. But maybe God will be using them in ministry somehow, somewhere. Maybe they will be called to be a witness on a bigger scale. Somehow, somewhere, some way, the future will be made good, Little Man.

  2. MommaFoster
    April 3, 2015

    Amen! Very well said, Lisa.

  3. Joelle
    April 3, 2015

    Such a beautiful meditation, coming from real life, for the coming of Easter.


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