Uncertainty is no fun.
In fact, it’s down right miserable.
I don’t like not knowing what is going to happen. I like for things to be certain…things I know for sure will happen or not happen.
We have all been through something in our lives that we have no idea how it will turn out. Maybe that’s waiting on test results that will tell you what they found on the MRI. Maybe that’s going through treatments to get rid of cancer, but not fully knowing if the treatment will work. Maybe that’s waiting to find that one special man to marry. Maybe that’s waiting to see if those fertility treatments will work and you will be pregnant. Maybe that’s waiting on a job you really hope to get. Maybe that’s hoping that the job you just took will work out. Maybe that’s hoping your children will make wise choices. Maybe that’s hoping that your children will grow up to be fine young people who continue to faithfully follow the Lord.
All of these things are uncertain. We have no idea how things will turn out until it happens or it doesn’t happen. And the agony in the uncertainty comes from the waiting. And well, I’m just not a good waiter. Worry and anxiety consume my body to the point that I can’t take it anymore. I just need to know, Lord! Please tell me for certain what is going to happen!
But as we all know, we don’t always get the answers we want in the time we want. We have to wait through the uncertainty.
I want to share with you five things that have really helped me in those uncertain times…in those times when all I seem to be doing is waiting and worrying:
Some of you may be saying, “Yes, this is a given. Of course I’m going to pray.” As a Christian it’s what we do. But when we go through uncertain times, sometimes we stop praying. We let our worry and anxious thoughts take over so that all we do is fear. But, this is the time when we need to be praying. We don’t need to allow Satan to keep us from going to the Lord in prayer. We should fight off that worry and get down on our knees daily…praying with all we’ve got. God hears our prayers.
Prayer time should also include silence. We need to listen. That’s when we will feel God speaking to us. I was reminded of the importance of this while reading in the book of Joshua this week. I felt that Joshua 3:9 was God speaking directly to me, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God.” I spend a lot of time talking to the Lord, but little time listening. God was telling me to come here and listen to Him. It’s in the silence that we will feel God and hear and feel His peace during this uncertain time.
3. Read the Word
Whenever I am in the middle of uncertainty, I break out my Bible and read directly from the Word of God. I need to hear God speaking to me through His Word. Here are some verses I find very helpful when I feel worry start to creep it’s way into my thoughts: 12 Scriptures for Uncertain Times
Just this summer I went through an uncertain time. I had to go back for a 6-month mammogram to see if the place that had raised suspicion last fall was still there or had grown. I dreaded the appointment for weeks. And I all I seemed to do was think the worst thing possible. It was so hard to get those thoughts out of my head. But I had to make a choice: was I going to let those thoughts take over or was I going to praise God through the uncertainty? I chose to worship the Lord. I found peace in listening to my favorite Christian praise songs. As I sang, I allowed God to wash His peace over my body. And it was amazing to see how He transformed my weary, worrying soul into a peaceful, calm soul.
5. Remember all the certain things about the Lord
During those uncertain times, we tend to forget all the CERTAIN things we know about the Lord…the things that God has promised to us. Some things that come to mind for me are these promises: He will never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:8), He will bless us (Deuteronomy 28:1-2), He will give us rest (Matthew 11:28-30), He will work all things for good (Romans 8:28), He calls us by name (Isaiah 43:1), He guides us (Proverbs 3:5-6), He comforts us (2 Corinthians 1:3-4), He gives us peace (John 14:27), and so many more. Go ahead…get out your notebook and start listing all the things you know for certain about the Lord. Remembering these things can bring us peace when all we can do is think about the uncertainty.