It’s true! Early in my faith walk I was in a state of panic over what “might happen.” Over what was “around the corner.” Over what trouble “was next.”
It was a horrible way to live and it nearly destroyed my walk with God.
Our culture has taught us that fear and worry, just like stress, are part of the package we get in life. We are told to endure the constant pressure of life’s uncertainty and to keep trying hard so we can eventually prevail. It’s nonsense and simply not true.
Fretting over life’s uncertainty forces us to surrender to anxiety. Floods and famines and fires jump to mind as prime examples of “uncertainty generators,” but we also dwell on bills and expenses, health, and our relationships.
The problem comes when the uncertainty produces excessive worry that “won’t go away.”
I lived most of my earlier life with the pervasive pall of uncertainty hanging over me. Looking back to that time, I can see that falling prey to this destructive force prompted me to worry about everything—all the way from family to career and everything in between. Unrealistic expectations and goals set me up to be uncertain and worry because my life wasn’t “perfect.”
God has blessed me with a new perspective that I call GLORIOUS UNCERTAINTY! He has me looking at uncertainty as something to embrace because a life without it is simply not in the cards. With this holy perspective, when uncertainty pops across the cinema of my mind, I see it as an opportunity God has thrown my way. An opportunity to trust him. An opportunity to grow. An opportunity to live a Christ-like life.
I ask God to keep reminding me that uncertainty and the worry friend it brings to the party are unacceptable even though they will not ever stop knocking at my door.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
What UNCERTAINTY do you need to ditch right now?
“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Matthew 6:27-29