“Every person is their own ancestor, and every person their own heir. They devise their own future and they inherit their own pasts.”
~H. F. Hedge (adapted).
“To human beings belong the plans of the heart,
but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.”
~Proverbs 16:1 (TNIV).
With the exception of God’s hand in things, we create our own pasts and futures. And as is all our experience I’m sure, when we’ve done it well, God saves much grace for those who’re diligent and prudent to make their own way in life. The wise, in tradition, are blessed of their way.
And yet, beyond the work of diligence and prudence there are the very facets of life that fly in the face of the most perfect of plans—just every now and then.
Still, this won’t be stopping the personification of discipline ordered to the top quote. They willingly take their place in history as it is borne, bearing as they do the weight fully, and with general aplomb.
What we carry through with in life truly does echo into the farthest reaches of our eternities. And this is the way we’d wish it, besides the common error, which is easily forgiven us.
The past is used in learning and as a catapult toward an aligned future—both are interminably connected to us through linear time though we’re so apt to forget the intrinsic nature of their connectedness.
We are the ones that hold a great portion of our own destinies in our own hands—like cupping water—notwithstanding the pummelling things that come in and knock us fairly from the courses we’d set for ourselves.
And though God—as it is acknowledged—does have the final Word, we remain able to respond to this Word and will graced over our lives as we accept most humbly; he is our master.
This occurs whether we like the fact or not.
But, still, destiny is so largely ours.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.