The Future—Determined and Unknown.

I woke up this morning with so many thoughts running through my mind. It’s amazing how you can write something in a certain season and had it play out in another. I came across a post I made about the future but at no time published I, at no time planned on posting it until this morning. I couldn’t help but ask myself, “Has it been predestined that I was going to make this post sometime in the future, regardless of the fact that I’ve got a choice to make?” The question about what the future holds is a question we all ask ourselves consciously and subconsciously.

The future may be predestined, but we’ve got choices. For instance, when you’re born, you either resemble your mother or your father, but what you become at the end of the day is entirely up to you. Now, I know the environment, society, and the conditioning play a great role in what we become, but all these are dynamics and varying. You make your own destiny, but the future is already determined yet unknown. There are certain things that we just don’t have control over. Like the sun rising and setting, going to bed and waking up, understanding how a baby is formed in the mother’s womb, etcetera.

Life is beautiful and here is my take. Everything has been destined but remains unknown until the appointed time. God is the name we give to life and pure consciousness and everything else on earth is formed from this consciousness. God calls the shot and not us. Yes, we’ve got free will, but then, it is the consequences of self-awareness. Despite the advancement in science and technology, we must understand that we are living God’s play. The script has already been written, and it was written in love.

We are learners and observers of God in action. If we open our eyes, we will see that everything is his creation. The farther we pull away from him, the more oblivious the future gets for us. When we put him in the center of everything, he takes care of the rest, after all, he’s the boss. Trying to control everything in life is a tragedy.  There is another serious tragedy I have seen under the sun, and it weighs heavily on humanity. 

God gives some people great wealth and honor and everything they could ever want, but then he doesn’t give them the chance to enjoy these things. They die, and someone else, even a stranger, ends up enjoying their wealth! This is meaningless—a sickening tragedy, I must say. It shows us that God calls the shot, and his ways are not our ways. A man might have a hundred children and live to be very old. Nevertheless, if he finds no satisfaction in life and doesn’t even get a decent burial, it would have been better for him to be born dead.

 His Birth would have been meaningless. Many live a thousand years twice over but, still not find contentment. All people spend their lives scratching for food, but they never seem to have enough. So, are wise people really better off than fools? Do poor people gain anything by being clever and knowing how to act in front of others? Is there wisdom in trying to control everything?  Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Take charge of what you can control and leave what you can’t control to God. It’s time we stopped chasing the wind.

Whitney Edna Ibe is the Executive Consultant, Life & Mental Health Coach, and Writer/ Editor at Whitney Edna Ibe Consult (Blog),, The Social Talks,, and Mental Wellness Society International. She is in charge of consultations, services, and implementation.

4 Thoughts on “The Future – Determined But Unknown”

  • What a great post. I love this. I’m so glad you posted. I’m always worried about the future, but God has been teaching me that He’s in control and I don’t have to worry. He has it all planned out and I don’t have to do anything. I’m still working on that. God has something wonderful for all of us. We all a wonderful future. He promised us that in Jeremiah 29:11. It’s my favorite verse. I always think of it when I think I am praying to God about my future. I love the message of it. I hope it gives you hope to whoever reads this.

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