Life is full of uncertainty. I for one would love things to be just a little bit more certain, a shade less confusing, and a whole lot more straight forward. Yet things are not so clear, certain, or straight forward. The challenge lies in living with the mystery and reveling on the potential of what could be, not worrying about the possible negatives.
I wish I could tell you how tomorrow will play out. The harsh reality is that the only things I can predict are the obvious probabilities; the trains will be late, the Starbucks coffee will be hot and consistent with the last cup I had, and the office lights will work. Beyond that, who really knows? Will the people in the office be talking to each other? Most likely but not guaranteed. Will the food for lunch meet expectations? Again, highly probable but not guaranteed. Will you or I find justice, fairness, and friendship in the people we meet and work with? Possible but there is no certainty to the equations of people relationships.
All in all, I find that the uncertainty with relationships and the future the one constant that we all share. If one applies this screen to the world in which we live things begin to make a whole lot more sense. Politicians are afraid and uncertain; many of their reactions reflect a personal desire for more certainty and assurance. Work colleagues carry a fear that their efforts will not be recognized or rewarded; it is relatively easy to map their actions in response to this premise. It doesn’t end here. Look at our relationship with Divinity – are we really certain where we stand?
Two points for action.
First, trust the process.
“You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it's headed next. That's the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.” (John 3.8)
Second, experience the Divine.