Devotional

A Secure Future – Paula Hill

“He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, say- ing, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but asYou will (Matthew 26:39). The Lord has blessed my husband and me with three beautiful daughters. Each one is different and unique.

At this time, each of them is going through a transition of some kind.The oldest one and her family are moving to a different location to enter a new area of ministry. My grand- son’s heart is broken because one of his two dogs had to be adopted by another family. My middle daughter just quit her job recently to travel full-time with her band, and she has trav- eled over three thousand miles by van in a matter of a few days. She’s hoping to be able to support herself on this new venture. My youngest just started her second year of college, and she is hoping to become a member of a sorority, as well as taking on a new job and being a faithful choir member. All these things are very stressful for each of them.

I was sitting looking out the window this morning deep in thought about all these things.As parents, we are very support- ive of our children—even to the point of giving up some things we desire for ourselves to make sure they have what they need to help them have a good future. Someday when we are gone, I want to have invested something in them that will have a last- ing effect. How I wish I could secure their eternity. However, that is a decision they will have to make on their own.

I am reminded that I am a child of God, and He wants more for me than I could even imagine. Jesus went to Gethsemane to pray about His future as well as mine. He was human enough not to want the experience of suffering and death, and He prayed that it all could just pass off the scene. He prayed and agonized that night until “His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44). But in the end, He prayed not for His own will but for the will of His Father.

The will of the Father included me. It included you also. Our future was secured that day in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus said, “Nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done. Tomorrow is bright because God is already in it, and I can’t wait to see what He has in store for me.

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