If God sees all of time from beginning to end - and He does - then He sees what we cannot. He sees beyond our difficulties and limitations to the eternal impact we will have on others. Although our vision of the future is worse than hazy, we can cling to the illusion that we have life all figured out. We tend to think that it will be just like the past or the present, but it never is. Several events of the past have taken the world by surprise, from 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina to the economic collapse and Japan’s tsunami.
Consider your own life. Hasn’t much of it happened while you were making other plans? We never foresee the bends in the road ahead. But God anticipates all things, and He sees the complete lives of people yet unborn. He sees your children, your grandchildren, and all the generations that will follow. His unending love for you includes filling your life with eternal meaning. He knows the things He has yet to do through you - the legacy you will leave through the lives you will touch and the lives that will be touched by those lives. So be encouraged!
The language of Psalm 139, describing life in the womb, is powerful and irrefutable. The term “skillfully wrought” literally means embroidered. God has embroidered us. We are a part of His intricately designed tapestry, the design in which He weaves all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). It’s the design by which His intentions are slowly but surely fulfilled.
You have a place in that design, a place far greater than you can imagine! As a single thread in the tapestry, you can see only the threads that you cross. But God sees the entire length of every strand. He knows exactly what He will accomplish through your life, exactly what good works He has set aside for you (Ephesians 2:10). The full scope of the legacy you will leave is beyond your ability to see. You must simply believe, on the basis of scripture, that the thread of your life will extend through time, influencing those you have never met.
I believe that before you were born, God lovingly strung together the days of your life from conception through eternity. I believe that your life is ordered - even to the point of using adversity to your eternal advantage. And the context for my belief is LOVE.
God loved you before you were born. He loves you today. And your legacy is that He will love you forever.
(an excerpt from “God Loves You” by Dr. David Jeremiah)