It has been more than eight months since we have been quarantined, and I was thinking, “What if Covid-19 was contained? What if Covid-19 did not happen? What if preventive measures were done in the past so that it is not as dark as what we are experiencing now?”
God wants our future to be bigger than our past.
Back in the garden of Eden, God the Father could actually go back to the past and alter certain events so that Adam and Eve could have been redeemed. After all, He is the God of yesterday, today, and forever. Maybe, if that happened, we do not need to suffer here on earth. God could have altered the past. But He chose not to. Because He has a bigger future for all of us, he is writing a better story for our salvation. And indeed, the story of Jesus Christ is the perfect story of our redemption.
I personally want to rewrite specific events in the past. Unfortunately, I don’t have the means to, but even if I can, I realized I do not need to change anything in my story because everything from my past contributed to the story that I have now. God is writing the best and most beautiful future that He desires for me. I need to move forward from my past, trust with His future, and go back to the present to cooperate with His plans.
God never goes back. He always moves forward. He asks us to move forward with hope. Our past may be harrowing, and we must feel and recognize those emotions, but we are not meant to stay there forever. Our story does not end there. We have a better and brighter future ahead that God has prepared for us. So, move forward at your own pace; this is not a race. Take your time.
To move forward with hope is grace. We move forward because of hope rooted in faith. Let us ask God the grace to move forward from all the pains, hurts, unmet dreams, broken plans that this pandemic has caused. Move forward from all the “what ifs” and embrace the future that God is writing for us all.
Jeremiah 29:11, “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.”
Arlan Catuday is a Mission Volunteer of MFC Youth serving in the Visayas region.