Fortune Cookies and Focusing on the Future

Today I was eating lunch with a friend of mine—chinese food—and at the end of the meal we both opened up our fortune cookies to read what those famed snacks had to say about our future.  Unfortunately, when I opened mine, more than half the fortune was gone.  It looked like it was tragically cut short in the fortune cookie factory.

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I must admit, this is the second time that I have opened up a fortune cookie to find no fortune inside.  Is it a coincidence?  Do I have no future?  No fortune?  Was this cookie trying to tell me something by not saying anything at all?  I am joking, of course, but the incident did make me stop and think for a moment.

As I sit here digesting my food, a thought has come to my mind: I believe that this was just another way of God telling me to stop looking so hard into the future and focus on the present.

That seems to be the theme for this week for me—to focus on the present moment, to focus my thoughts on God, and to just be.  Do you ever have one of those weeks where you feel that a message keeps repeating itself over and over in various ways?  Well, for me, this week, it’s as if God is saying, “Do you hear this message, and are you letting it absorb?”

Did you ever have a week like that?  Where everything seems to bring you back to an important theme or message?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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3 thoughts on “Fortune Cookies and Focusing on the Future”

  1. Julie- you took a little cookie and gave me such great food for thought. I’m never in the now- I’m always so scattered. Thanks for bringing me back.

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  2. Hi Julie — “Food for thought”, indeed. i am sure that this has happened to me more than once, but often when things get busy, we don’t take the time to find the message. Thanks, your thoughts have given me a new way to look at things…and to help me focus on listening for that “message”…

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