Even though we never truly get to the future, it does exist. There really is a future…in your future. I don’t know exactly what it’ll look like or how it will all play out, but I’m convinced there are good things in my future. If we could fast forward to the future right now, do you think you’d like to make the trip?
One day, about 11 years ago, I was thinking about how we only live in the present…but how we do know there’s a future. Well, I was pondering how as a Christian I have that assurance there’s a future of paradise coming my way. I live in hopeful anticipation of a day when hate, despair, turmoil, and all manner of mayhem humans inflict upon one another will die.
As I continued to contemplate…I thought about how the future exists for every man, woman, and child who has ever lived. But you know that old real estate expression? Location…location…location. That’s the key. It’s not a matter of IF you’ll exist in the future…it’s a matter of WHERE.
My pondering continued, and I recalled the story of Lazarus and the rich man. I won’t write the whole story. You can read it HERE. But a section of that passage talks about “a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us”. That line inspired the first line of my song “Fast Forward”.
The rest of the song is about someone looking back on their life and realizing they had bought into the evolutionary worldview. This person, who has passed from this life, now has full realization of Truth. And thoughts and emotions of “what if” and “panic” begin to set in.
As I like to consistently say here on my website, in my songs, and in discussions I have with people who don’t yet trust a living, loving God who created them…
…it’s all so avoidable. While you still breathe here on planet earth, you can dig deeper into the awe-inspiring details of creation and see the handiwork of God. I urge you to discover and accept the complexity of life for the representation of God’s love that it is…
Fast forward to the scene by the ocean.
You’re shattered and fatigued with emotion.
Fast forward to a time of reflection.
Then you can use your hindsight direction
To help explain that angst and depression.
Fast forward past your dreamland expression.
Can’t you just imagine…how it all might be
If we end up dying and find out that we live?
Can’t you hear the questions… “How could we not see?”
“Where’s the one in charge?” and “How much do I give?”
In awe of all creation and how it all could be
The fairy tale illusions increase with every year.
The wrinkled plans expand…exponentially…
Until one day, perhaps, a duck becomes a deer…yeah, right.
What does this all mean?
And why should we care?
That we didn’t come from slime!
And there’s a God out there!
© Tony Funderburk 2002
In Faith, Hope, and Love,