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Telling the future
Linda Buxa
by Linda Buxa
April 8, 2024

My husband and I were walking in downtown Madison, WI, and passed a man who held a cardboard sign that read, “Tarot Readings.” I had a quick thought about how sketchy the cardboard sign seemed and that there was no way I’d trust that person to tell me the future, but my mind quickly moved along.

Later as we headed back to the car, I saw two college-aged women sitting with that same man as he read their cards. Oof. I gave that a whole bunch of thoughts, and my mind has been thinking about the moment ever since.

Initially, my reaction was to pray against the spiritual forces of evil that were at work. I’m not exactly sure what I prayed, but it was something short like, “That is not from you. Stop its power.”

Still, as I thought about it, I realized I—and probably you too—are no different from those two women. How?

We all want to know the future.

I’m not a big fan of suspense, so if I get tense while reading a book, I’ll look ahead to make sure it resolves. Then I’ll go back and calmly read the chapter. A friend of mine is the same way. She was streaming a high school basketball game and had gotten a little behind the live action. She was so nervous because the game was close, but then she got a text that her team had won. She relaxed and enjoyed the rest of the game. Maybe you enjoy suspense, and those examples seem silly. Still, when it comes to serious things, we’d love clarity. Will my health span be as long as my lifespan? Will she get through rehab this time? Will the fourth round of fertility treatments work? Will the cancer treatments be effective? How long will it take for me to get that dream job? When will the adoption go through?

I’m honest enough to admit that I only want to know the future if everything ends okay. I’d hate knowing a book doesn’t resolve to my satisfaction; I’d probably quit reading. I don’t want to know that the treatments didn’t work, that a loved one dies from addiction, that my child faces a long life of crosses to bear. Knowing that the story only gets worse would make me dread what’s ahead.

That’s why I’m grateful that I—and you too, if you believe in Jesus—are also completely different from those two women. How?

 We do know the future.

We just celebrated Easter, when Christians around the world rejoice: “He is risen!” We are reminding each other that Jesus died on a cross and came back to life. This historical fact is what gives us a glimpse of our future: “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you” (Romans 8:11).

That truth about our eternal future changes our daily lives. This hope—whether we experience joys on earth or feel battered by our struggles—is “an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19).

Save your money. Don’t spend it on tarot readings that may be temporarily right but are ultimately wrong. This good news about Jesus and your future is true—and it’s free.

 

Linda Buxa is a writer and editor who lives in a rural location, so her walks usually include cows and cornfields, not people and prognostications.