Posted by: Kathryn Craig | January 4, 2009

Is tomorrow the future?

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to give you hope and a future.”

This is a promise from God that I shared with Connor about a year ago. He’s banking on it.

It started when he began to yearn for a girlfriend. Actually, obsessing about it. Constantly. But this girlfriend has to meet certain criteria. She has to have extra-chromosome eyes. And she has to care about her body as much as Connor does. (I confess, he actually declared, “I don’t want a flabby girlfriend.” Connor exercises daily, trying to develop the perfect 6-pack abs.) And she has to love the idea of being in love. Because Connor loves the idea of being in love. But quite frankly, the pool isn’t all that big where we live right now, and he hasn’t quite found this perfect woman. Yet.

I mused about taking out a classified ad: SWM, 16, looking for SWF, 16 with extra chromosome eyes for fun friendship and love.

But, naaah.

However, the obsession increased. So I took out my Bible and shared Jeremiah 29.11 with Connor, telling him that God will bring the perfect girl He hand-picks for him at just the right time in his life.

Hope and a future! It satisfied him.

But then he began obsessing about the future.

A lot.

And eventually, “future” became a synonym for “girlfriend”. So scripture may as well read, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to give you hope and a girlfriend.” Because that’s how Connor has interpreted it. And we haven’t been able to change that.

The latter part of 2008 was filled with the recurring question, “Is the future in 2009, mom?” And of course I responded with the affirmative, the future would be coming in 2009.

But now the future is here.

Or is it the present?
Is tomorrow the future?
Will tomorrow be the present?
But isn’t it the future?

We went to church this evening.
It’s 2009, and God, with His wonderful sense of humor, had someone quote Jeremiah 29.11 in the service tonight.

“Future, mom. Future. They said future. God knows it’s 2009, and they’re talking about the future in church. In His house. God knows the future is in 2009. Mom, is the future tomorrow? I would like the future to be tomorrow because it’s my birthday.”

Well, the future is tomorrow. But tomorrow will be the present. I think we’ll focus on “birthday present”… it’ll distract him from the future.

Maybe.

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Responses

  1. What a lovely way to start the New Year… a blog! I look forward to hearing more about Connor.

    That whole tomorrow/future thing is just a tough nut to crack. But having it equated with “girlfriend” sure adds an interesting twist. Good luck with teaching that!


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