Gazing Balls have been around since the 13th century, when they were made in Venice by skilled craftsmen. People thought they brought good luck and prosperity to a home, and they were thought to ward off evil spirits and witches. Many kings had them in their gardens, as well. Parents put them in the foyer so they could spy on their daughter's goodnight to their dates, and in the south they were placed at the gate in the front yard so the homeowner could see who was coming. This gave them time to either prepare refreshments or go and hide! Young women loved to gaze longingly into them, hoping to see their future, especially who their husband would be. The bible tells us it is not for us to know the future, and I certainly don't want to. It is enough to handle the present without the burden of knowing the future, so I feel it is a real blessing not to know. Here is all of the future that I need to know.
“What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we've been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you'll have it all—life healed and whole.”
1 Peter 1