Not sure where I got this idea from, maybe from a movie or just my imagination, but I sometimes think how interesting it would be to get a letter from the future. So that me in the future would send a letter to myself now telling me everything that’s awaiting. If you could make it possible, what would you ask yourself? I would probably ask something like “How did it all turn out? Where are you now? What are you doing?”
Being on a bus from Vilnius to Minsk on the 15th of May, 2012, after my graduation from LCC, I actually had the same thought. It was a time of uncertainty and transition and I had no idea what would happen next. There were a few options how things could possibly develop, but nothing was clear. I felt really sad, because another page of my life was over and something unknown was ahead. At that moment it occurred to me that even if it is impossible to get a letter from the future, why not to send one from the past instead? And that’s when I opened the calendar on my phone and typed a message as a reminder, which I was supposed to read about 2 years later. I thought 2 years was not too long and at the same time enough for many things to happen. The date I set the reminder for was April 25, 2014, but I remembered about it now, right before the New Year. Reading the message from almost 2 years ago, I’ve experienced that bus ride again, with all the feelings I had at that moment. In my mind I made up a short reply to myself in the past and imagined how it would be if I could read it back then. I didn’t even want to include many details into this reply, but just to assure myself that everything will turn out really well, not to be sad, and to know that it will be great in the future, better then I could imagine. And it is really so!
I may want to write another letter to the future soon, especially closer to graduation in 2014, when another page of life will be about to turn. But this time I will know the reply. It will probably be similar to the one I want to send back to the 15th of May, 2012, when I was on a bus, back to Minsk, after graduating from LCC…
“…in all things God works for the good of those who love him…” (Romans 8:28)