These are uncertain times! How often have I heard that phrase in the last few months? The uncertainty brought about by this Coronavirus, and the rioting in our streets, is extremely troubling, but calling this “uncertain times” is kind of strange, because all times are uncertain.
A friend used to say, “Sometimes life turns square corners,” simply meaning, that for better or for worse, we cannot see what the future holds. We tend to think, that as long as we can go about our “normal” lives, normalcy will continue forever. When no major disasters are taking place, we are lulled into thinking the future is certain, but the future is not certain and never has been.
Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” In trying to make his point about the uncertainty of life he implies that, “Death and taxes are inevitable, unavoidable, and certain to happen.” No way to get around it. We are all going to die sooner or later, and we have no choice but to pay taxes. Well, I guess we have a choice, BUT! Some joker has said, “The difference between death and taxes is that death does not get worse every time Congress meets.
We don’t like uncertainty. We would rather know we are going to suffer something catastrophic than to not know what is coming. While we, of course, are hesitant to acknowledge it, uncertainty is a natural and unavoidable part of life. Very little in life is constant or totally certain. We cannot control everything that happens to us. Life is unpredictable and can change very quickly.
To cope with uncertainty, we try worrying. We somehow believe that, if we just agonize over a problem long enough, if we spend enough sleepless nights, if we think through every possibility, if we explore everyone else’s opinion, we will finally find a solution. Of course, none of this works. Worrying can’t give us control over uncontrollable events.
Truth is, no matter how we try to plan and prepare for every possible outcome, life will still surprise us.
This Pandemic has been a social game-changer demolishing the best-laid plans of people around the world. Countless events have been postponed or canceled. Summer Olympics, Expo 2020, school, sporting events, vacations, weddings, birthday celebrations, and even funerals. Funeral homes and crematoriums have been so overloaded that normal rituals of death and grieving are all but impossible.
Literally no one has been exempted from the uncertainty of life.
The GOP’s plans to hold a traditional large-scale convention, in Charlotte, North Carolina, were canceled due to health concerns. Now, this all-important convention has been reduced to a one-day event with only 300 delegates in attendance instead of 2,500.
It was necessary for Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Beatrice, to reschedule and totally redesign her wedding plans. She was finally married on July 18, in the chapel at Windsor Castle with 20 close friends and family instead of hundreds of world-famous guests.
You see, no one escapes the uncertainty of life, but it need not defeat us. We wear ourselves out trying to cope with the many obstacles we face, trying to find answers to unexpected problems, but where do we go when the burden overwhelms us and our inner strength is depleted? I know of only one source.
Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.”
I Peter 5:7 also tells us, “Casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you.”
You need not bear your burdens alone. You can depend upon God’s strength and wisdom to help you carry the load. AND, please know, there is hope for the future—a time when all uncertainty will cease. There is a great and glorious, unavoidable, inevitable event on the horizon.
In the epilogue to Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “In Memoriam,” the poet writes these words. “One God, one law, and element, and one far-off event to which the whole creation moves.” He is thinking about the brevity of this life and the inevitable end of the world as we know it. Tennyson reminds us that our uncertain world is moving toward one God-ordained event that will bring history to a close.
We need not fear the future, for one day Jesus is coming back, and for those who love Him, all the turmoil and uncertainty will be over.
He gave us His promise in Revelation 3:11 and 22:20, “Behold! I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.” Again, “…Surely I am coming quickly…”
The fact is no one knows when Christ is coming, but He cautions us in Matthew 24:44 saying, “…You also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Believe it or not! One of these days, perhaps before long, Christ is going to lift His followers off this embattled planet, and take us away to live with Him forever, in the place He has prepared for us. ONE INEVITABLE EVENT! There is no uncertainty about that.
I WANT TO BE READY!
Remember, the sun will come out tomorrow!