NO, this is not a book report. I recently finished this book and it was a great book, but the blog is not a blow by blow retelling of this World War II historical fiction story. Instead one small fraction of this tale inspired this post. It is a mystery why one isolated incident will cause the wheels to start spinning. I am thankful for the lessons I am shown in almost every aspect of life.
This story revolved around a circus in Germany during the War. The two main characters are a trapeze artist who was divorced by her Nazi officer husband because she was Jewish and a young aspiring trapeze artist who ended up with the circus after a series of life changing events. An amazing accident of fate that they become teacher and student in the art of flying.
Another side car of the story was the Gypsy fortune teller who traveled with the circus. She gave a glimpse of the future to one of the main characters. The future began to unfold exactly as she predicted and it was not a pretty prophecy. The next time the fortune teller tried to give her another glimpse she walked away with a NO, thank you.
How many times have I wondered, "If I had only known what the future held." When I began to think about the possibility of having the means to know what the future held, it occurred to me we are better off not knowing. Had I known some of the things that were to come, would I have spent all my time trying to prevent the inevitable? Would I have lived in dread instead of hope?
God in His infinite wisdom, wants us to live in hope. He assures us He will be with us, sustain us, and hold us in the darkest of times. If we knew what the tomorrows held, we would begin to think we were the masters of our future. God uses each and every thing in our lives for our good and His glory. If we looked in the magic glass and knew what the future held, would we run for the exit or work feverishly to change what is coming around the bend? Our unawareness of even the next moment, encourages our dependence on God. Our hope is built on nothing less than His perfect plan for our time here on this terrestrial ball. "Don't be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.'