Looking into the future
Today we look at Luke 2:34-35. "And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed."
Mary loved her baby, so she must have been chilled to hear—that is not exactly what you want to hear about your baby's future! I imagine Mary felt the first stab of that sword long before Jesus ever grew up. She probably felt whenever Jesus said or did something that her mother's heart told her was going to lead to conflict with the corrupt authorities someday.
Mary had to take the future on faith, trusting that God would guide their family to the final goal He had planned for them. We have to do this, too, about our own lives. Our future is largely unknown. But we have the added blessing of knowing exactly who has our lives in His hands—our Savior, Jesus. We know that He will never let us down. How could He? He has already given everything He had to make us His own.
Please pray with me, Dear Lord, help me trust You when the future is frightening and unknown, for You alone hold my future in your hands. Amen.