Monday, July 29, 2013

Living with Uncertainty by Martin Wiles



She seemed chipper. Little did she know her life soon would be altered dramatically.

“That’s Sarah Conklin,*” I remarked to my wife. Years had passed since we had seen her. My wife and I both had worked for her, but Sarah had retired before we left for other opportunities. Now she was enjoying the day with her granddaughter who was attending a local university.

We made small talk, and life seemed good for her. But one year later, we received word that Sarah’s troubled daughter had overdosed and died. I read the obituary in the paper and wondered how differently Sarah might have acted had she known a year before that her daughter’s time was limited.
Jesus told a story of a rich fool who thought he had a long time to enjoy his wealth—but he didn’t. God said to him, “You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for” (Luke 12:20 NLT)?

My personality makes me balk against uncertainty, but I’m learning to live with it—especially as it relates to my mortality. While some have the so-called privilege of knowing before they die, many more have death sneak up unexpectedly. Plane crashes, motorcycle wrecks, massive heart attacks, deadly strokes, circus accidents, murders.

I’ve concluded that the only way I can live with certainty—while surrounded by uncertainty, is to entrust my life to Christ. Whether I survive until he returns or die before, my destiny is controlled by him. Committing my life to him means heaven is assured even though my life events aren’t. And realizing I can never know encourages me to constantly examine my priorities so I’ll be ready to meet him when he comes.

With Christ, your uncertainty can be transformed into certainty.

Prayer: In a world of insecurity, we thank You eternal God that our destiny in You is secure.
*Name changed to protect individual's privacy.

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