In those brief moments that one feels secure, it feels really good! I know that the sense is fleeting, in fact there is much to suggest that when we feel really good it is a false blanket of warmth that envelopes us. Usually a sense of safety builds when I think “I” have adequately prepared for the future; money for the girl’s education, a bit set aside fore retirement days, and even a touch for spending.
During the past few weeks I watched twenty-five percent of my “security” disappear with investor fears. It is gone. It may return; I know my fear has! In these moments I find God’s advice ironic but true.
“Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich; restrain yourself! Riches disappear in the blink of an eye; wealth sprouts wings and flies off into the wild blue yonder.” (Proverbs 23. 3, 4)
Even when the markets start to rebound my sense of vulnerability remains. Financial strength can evaporate. Even if the money doesn’t, prices can increase with the net change just like having less! Nothing is safe anymore. I wonder, was it ever?
Was my sense of well-being merely a mirage? Do I understand what is at risk in life today or tomorrow? Is resting and taking comfort in a puddle of ignorance going to make a bit of difference for the future?
Life can be harsh, yet seeing it for what it really is gives each of us a chance to respond. Financial security is a contradiction masking itself as two words beside each other. Understanding financial risks and opportunities is quest that has yet to be completed by any individual or institution, though many are striving as I write. In the end I do not believe it will yield what we really seek because life is bigger than this. Life is about living, growing and being part of community.
You and I have the chance for reach security; because the winner has already been determined. God offers each a chance to win for eternity – it begins with the word “yes”.