When Life Feels Uncertain

Digital StillCameraLife feels very uncertain. Things around me that have provided a daily sense of confidence and strength are sick, shaky, turned upside down, and in danger of vanishing altogether.

My dear, faithful 82 year old uncle is struggling to recover from a major surgery, people in my church are flip flopping on long held beliefs, truth is being redefined daily in the court of public opinion and legal courts throughout the country, and the strength and vitality of a nation I have loved is in question as we make agreements with enemies of long time national friends.

As I seek to absorb what is happening around me and carry on with purpose, I find that this uncertainty has a way of making me feel unbalanced and a bit frenzied inside my soul. As my safe and sound world is changing at an alarming rate, what can I do to get my bearings and counteract my rising fears?

The answer comes in the words of a song that I learned as a teenager.

“When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay. On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.”

Of course! The eternal Son of God is the only true foundation of life. My one unchanging assurance is that Jesus provides a solid footing for me in the midst of uncertain, frenzied times — especially when I feel that uncertainty deep inside my own soul. When life around me is desperately shifting, Christ is the same and his mission and teachings do not change. He is the source of my hope and focus. His immovable presence in my life makes me safe and secure.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth should change.” Psalm 46:1-2 NASB

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25 NASB

Unwavering hope in God in the midst of uncertainty — something worthy of modeling and passing down to our children!

A few helpful tips for parents:
1) Kneel down with your children and help them humbly and simply lift their concerns to God on a daily basis.
2) Memorize great Scripture passages with your children — a new one every week, so that you and they have God’s thoughts streaming through your minds. One of my favorites is Philippians 4:4-9. God uses it to quiet my soul and give me peace.
3) Sing great hymns and contemporary worship songs as you go through your day. The car is a great place to sing together with your children — effortlessly passing words of hope and truth on to those you love.
4) Include your kids or help them participate in consistent, faithful service in the building of God’s Kingdom — especially in the midst of uncertain times.