Friday, October 17, 2008

The blessing of uncertainty

Uncertainty is the word of the day these days. I've been living on that word all summer. We've been making plans to get out of New York since 2003. I never knew how it was going to happen, but we knew that it would. Now, I still don't know how it is going to happen, but we are making steps. However, the phrase in that is: "The preparations of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord." (Proverbs 16:1)

Uncertainty brings stress. If not handled properly, it can bring burnout. (Which is what happened to me this summer.) I continually learn and try to "cast my anxieties on the Lord." It is not easy. Faced with unlimited uncertainties, it is very overwhelming.
But we are not promised a life of certainty. In fact, uncertainty brings complete reliance upon the Lord.

God says to us in James 4:13-15:

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade a make a profit"--yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that."

John Piper says: 
"God intends for us to live and act in ignorance and in uncertainty about the outcome of our actions."

So we wait...in uncertainty. Because...in some ways, that is His will. Trying not to let our stress and anxiety overtake us. Living in the blessing of uncertainty... because it forces us to rely on the one true thing that we know is certain: Him.

7 comments:

Rebekah said...

So true! Life on this earth is all about uncertainty, and as you said the one true thing that is certain is Him. The scripture you mention in James is so good to read when perspective is needed, isn't it? Thanks for this friend! God bless.

Betsy said...

Well said, Sister!
"The blessing of uncertainty"- can you call me every morning to remind me of that one??
So glad we are on the adventure train together!!
Love you.

Rain said...

Wise words from all. Thank you.

Prairie Chick said...

Amen. As I read your heart, the following verse came to mind.

Knowing that tribulation (uncertainty is a tribulation of sorts) brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:4-5

The uncertainty allows us to *truly* experience the one thing that is His certain. His character and sovreignty.

((((Blessings as your stretched)))))

andie said...

I call these "transitions". They are as you said, very trying at times. Good for you finding your faith as a place to lean on. I hope many windows and doors open for you soon.

Love,
a.

Joy said...

Praying for you all during the roller coaster. You remember how I said I was reminded to pray for you each day? Theirs has sold, so hopefully that means yours will too. Although, now that it's sold, I have to find another prayer reminder. :D Hugs to you, Andrea. Praying for peace in the uncertainty!

laurel said...

Yes, so true. I continue you to pray for you.