K, so I’m obsessed with God being above, around and outside of time. I love it when people shake their heads as though God could not possibly anticipate our next move, much less the rest of our earthly lives. I always play this little game in my head (read on carefully, you’re about to peek into Michelle Strange-o Land) where I imagine how it would feel to be able to foretell my life, and all of the people who will cross into it or already have. Case in point:
I just found out that (follow closely) one of my closest friend’s little brother married a girl who’s mom and brother I remember fondly from my childhood church family in El Paso. Here’s the kicker – I didn’t meet said close friend until I moved to Wyoming in Jr High. Our family had long lost touch with the recent bride’s family. Via facebook, the dots were connected and I was able to peg her mom as Lynda Figueroa, the mom who lived across the street from the church in El Paso TX, whose toddler son we adored. Here, now, is what goes through my mind as I think about how past connects to future, and how God knows it all along.
“26 years from now, this woman will have a child who will marry my friend’s brother whom I haven’t even met yet”
“7 years from now, I will have this man’s child” (referring to Jeremy and I knowing each other in high school)
“16 years from now, I will be blessed to call this overly-hyper-woman-who-my-little-sister-loves-but-drives-me-up-a-wall Friend” (Branda)
“16 years from now, I will have loved and cherished this girl as my best friend, who I’m standing in the registrar line with on the first day of college, from this point on” (Shell)
“4 years from now, this childhood friend that I just reconnected with will show up on my doorstep while at college, looking for a place to live” (Barbie)
“8 days from now will be the last time I see Dad” (morning before I heard about Dad’s heartattack)
“6 years from now, my friend’s mom will be one of the most important people in my life.” (Lisa, Rhonda)
“17 years from now, Lisa’s mom will die suddenly; my heart will be left with a raw, gaping hole” (Rhonda)
“10 years from now, this nerdy football player and his wife and kids will be so special and precious to us as a family” (Eric & Gini) *i hate both words – special & precious – but dangit, sometimes they just fit*
“10 years from now, this man will speak with my dad about Christ as he lay on his deathbed” (Roger Gribble)
“8 years from now, this man will almost kill us while driving through Chihuahua, Mexico. If he doesn’t, it will be the raucous voice of Rush Limbaugh coming through the crappy AM car stereo” (Bill Baker)
“3 years from now, my dear friend will leave me and never really return” (Tamara Seal)
“20 years from now, I won’t know how to live without this stuck-up, obnoxious, blonde, power-hungry brat.” (Tammy)
Oh yes, and her little brother will marry a girl who’s mom lived across the street from my childhood church…
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And… 34 yrs from now, while you are in your mother’s womb, your mother will pick two names for her baby, Michelle if it’s a girl, and Jeremy if it’s a boy.
And… 13 yrs from now, you will marry a man by the name of Jeremy.