Today marks the future: October 21, 2015. I’ve been waiting for this day for 26 years, since the release of Back to the Future II in 1989. (In case you missed it, in the movie Back to the Future II, they travel 30 years into the future to October 21, 2015.) I LOVED that movie, and I remember thinking about how distant of a future 2015 was from me when I first saw it. I’ve spent the past close to 30 years dreaming about hoverboards and flying cars and self-tightening shoe laces and hydrating pizza ovens. (And most of all, as a rabid Cubs fan, about the Cubs finally winning the world series, which they finally do in this movie in 2015!)
I’ve seen articles all over the place the past couple days about all of the predictions from Back to the Future’s future, which were right on and which were way off. (Here’s one.)
Most interesting to me, though, is that this movie actually shaped the future by inspiring people to make some of the items a reality, particularly hoverboards and Nike’s self-lacing shoes. In fact, I just saw this article that Nike sent Michael J. Fox their first pair of self-lacing shoes that will be available to the public in 2016!
How cool is it that when people are inspired by a vision of the future, they are able to make it happen. All of this has made me ponder today – what if we really lived like today is the future we long for? What if we really worked toward the future we wish could be true in all areas of our lives?
So often in the daily grind we get stuck in “if only’s” and “wish we could’s” and “why can’t we’s.” What if you lived like the future is now? What if you lived like the possibilities are possible? What if you lived like you really believe that God is able and sufficient? Like God is wonderful and powerful? If you knew today beyond the shadow of a doubt that God was with you, what would you do? If you knew today that God was for you, what risks would you take?
What if you didn’t buy in to what you’re told about reality right now? What if you didn’t believe this is the way it’s always been and the way it always will be? What if you didn’t buy into the thought that the world is getting worse all the time and your only hope is to prepare yourself for what awful thing or calamity might be coming? If you believed to the core of your being that God will triumph in the end, that good and love will win, and that the world is on a journey toward ultimate redemption, what would change for you today?
God gives us a beautiful vision of the future in the end of the book of Revelation, chapter 21, where it says, “Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’”
What if you allowed your future to be shaped by those words?
At the end of my second favorite movie about time travel, About Time, (if you haven’t seen it, it’s a beautiful movie!) the main character sums up what he learns after his time travel adventures with these words: “The truth is I now don’t travel back at all, not even for the day, I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life…We’re all traveling through time together, every day of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride.”