On my hockey team, I’m one of the oldest players. The other day, one of the younger players brought up in conversation my upcoming wedding. “Its crazy that you’ll be married here soon, I can’t see myself getting married,” he said. To his comment, I simply replied that I was seven years older than him, when I was his age marriage wasn’t on my mind either. That made me realize how fast life goes.
Seven years ago, I was 17 years old. At age 17, I couldn’t even buy a lottery ticket and couldn’t legally watch a rated R movie. I was still in high school, not even thinking of what lay ahead of me in the future. I never thought that in a seven year span, I would have attended college, received my bachelors degree, landed a job, dropped on my knee to ask my girlfriend to marry me and started looking for a house. All of this before I turned 25.
At the time of my wedding, I’ll be 25 years old. That’s halfway to 50 and five years away from 30! (Weird when you think of it that way) It’s unbelievable how time flies. In school, they always asked students, ‘Where do you see yourself in 10 years?’ If they had asked that of me when I was a senior in high school that would put me at 28 years old. I don’t know what I’ll be doing at that age still to this day. At age 28, I’d be married for three years. I could be a father or uncle. I could be a lot of things; I just don’t know what is in store for my future.
I might think I have some control over what I do and how my life will turn out…yet truly it’s in God’s hands. Proverbs 16:9 states, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” We might think we know where we want to be in 10 years, or what we should be doing, but we have to trust in the LORD to achieve our goals.
What is my answer to the question, “Where will I be in 10 years?” I’ll be married to a wonderful wife; possibly a father, and living a life suitable to the LORD.
By James Brandly