In a time of life that is filled with uncertainty, chaos, and puzzles, I am slowly learning that uncertainty is not a bad thing. No matter how much certainty I think I need in order to run my life, living with uncertainty allows me to focus on the critical questions of the moment.
What am I going to do? What follows is at the heart of making the world a better place.
Will I live by compassion or push for justice?
Will I accept others or live in a world by myself.
Will I dispense hope or exploit the fear of others?
Will externals events paralyzed me, or will I be intentional in my choice in this moment.
I wish I had a story that I could tell you where things were going to get better in the days to come. I know if would be filled with certainty. I can imagine how the details would give you a sense of unending hope. Just listening to the words would motivate us to get up and start the impossible.
As I look at the flow in my life, I can see how I have past several key milestones. God was clearly involved, and yet I find myself in at an intersection where I seem to be alone. It is almost as if I am walking in Peter’s shoes in the middle of a fateful night. “Past the first guard and then the second, they came to the iron gate that led into the city. It swung open before them on its own, and they were out on the street, free as the breeze. At the first intersection the angel left him, going his own way.” (Acts 12.10)
Peter’s response is a model I should remember. He moved quickly to be part of a community. He accepted the wonder of the moment, and acted without hesitation. He accepted life’s traumas while thanking God for all that was good.
Life’s flow does not dictate our response. We have freedom. We are part of God’s family. We choose our way.