Anita Mellott homeschools and blogs“Words of Encouragement and Hope” at From the Mango Tree: http://amellott.wordpress.com/.

A global black-out of 2 minutes, 17 seconds offers people a glimpse of their futures. Those who didn’t have a flashforward assume they have no future. ABC’s recently-axed series, “Flashforward,” follows federal agents as they unravel the mystery of who caused the black-out and why.

That every decision has multiple alternatives, each of which sets off its own train of events, much like falling dominoes, fascinated me. As I’ve watched the main characters pursue or avoid their futures, the magnitude of the hope that Christ brings overwhelmed me. “And this hope does not disappoint” (Romans 5:5). It’s “an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19).

The One who spoke the world into being, yet fashioned me holds my future. So I echo the Psalmist’s words in awestruck humility, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! (Psalms 139:16-17)

Though His path seldom avoids the storms, a rainbow fills the sky at the end. For every night of weeping, “joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). Even when I walk through the darkest valley, He will be with me. His rod and staff will comfort me (Psalm 23:4). No matter where He leads, His peace, which transcends all understanding, will guard my heart and my mind (Philippians 4:7).

When doubts toy with my mind—“Did I make the right decision? Is this what He’s led me to do?”–His promise brings peace, “…in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).

]Faith can take the upper hand because He who has promised is faithful.

During the times I stumble and get ahead of His timing, He who is rich in mercy hears my cry and redeems me. “How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you” (Isaiah 30:19). I can rest in Him because He knows best. “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” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Anita Mellott
Blog: From the Mango Tree:http://amellott.wordpress.com/