uncertain.

If I had a dime for every time I heard the word “uncertain” these last few days…you know what I would be.

We’re in uncertain times.  The economy, the nation, you name it – the future remains mysterious.  Some people are engaging in discussions and reading articles in attempts to understand what exactly is going on and what potential outcomes may surface.  Others don’t care and continue on with their daily lives, comfortable in their ignorant bliss.  So what do we do when we aren’t sure what tomorrow holds?  We frantically check our retirement/saving/stock accounts.  We indulge in bad habits that emerge in the stressful circumstances.  We panic.  We can’t stop talking about it.  And this is only the beginning.

Uncertain times are an opportunity.  They are a reminder of the provisions and conquered challenges of the past.  It is amidst uncertainty that we are tested, stretched, grown in ways not possible during times of comfort and contentment.  Uncertainty tests faith and serves as an indication of its strength.  If we knew how our lives would pan out, the results of every predicament and trial, the joys and troubles that each day would hold, the evidence of faith in anyone but ourselves would disappear.  Assured faith becomes visibly apparent in times of strife, as one recognizes that the future is unseen and unknown, yet proceeds in a manner of confidence and conviction, trusting that the providence and grace of God will valiantly prevail.

Though the road is long with obstacles scattered along the way, I trust that better days are ahead.  We can’t trudge on alone, and we can’t fix the problems of the world by ourselves.  But a committed, engaged community can be a powerful force.  One way or another, we’ll make it through together, stronger and wiser.

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