There’s a part of me that still hopes to see a DeLorean in the sky someday. Sure, it didn’t happen on October 21, 2015, but maybe there’s still hope for a flux capacitor.
Like thousands of others in movie theaters and living rooms across the country, I sat and watched “Back to the Future II”. It was too surreal to not watch a movie from 1989 about the future on the actual day they traveled to in the future (sure, that makes sense) – October 21, 2015.
I expected to laugh, and have some “whoa, they got that right” moments, but I didn’t know what else was coming.
I found myself thinking back to the 16-year-old who first saw that movie in 1989. I don’t know how I felt when I saw “2015” on the screen, but I’m guessing it was something like, “Wow, that’s, like, forever from now.”
But forever came fast.
It seems like the blink of an eye since those days, yet so much has unfolded in my life. I went to college and met the love of my life. I lived among incredible Native Americans for nearly 15 years. I’m the dad to three beautiful children. I’ve seen my nephew need open-heart surgery at two days old, and my own son need abdominal surgery at three-days old. And, through it all, I’ve seen God do some absolutely amazing things.
Twenty-six years passed by. Just like that. It was filled with memories, challenges, and joys that I probably would have been freaked out by if Doc Brown had shown up and told the 16-year-old me all of it.
Finally, my thoughts turned to 2041 – another 26 years down the road. I don’t know what is on the road between now and then, but I can’t wait for the adventure.
And I’m so grateful that no matter what comes, I have a God who loves me, who has a plan for me (Jeremiah 29:11), and who I get to spend forever with because of Jesus.
Who knows? Maybe there will be a DeLorean waiting for me in Heaven…