I have heard the phrase “uncertain times” more than I can count lately and have probably used the phrase myself a time or two. But, in truth, aren’t all our days uncertain? At least uncertain to us? How are these times any more uncertain than the months or days before this crazy virus or the months or days that will follow? Life on earth always has and always will be full of unexpected changes, losses, ups, downs, life-altering surprises, and bottom-dropping tragedies. Perhaps this virus has just helped make us more collectively aware of life’s uncertainties and human fragility. But, oh how I rejoice and find peace in knowing that every day and every moment, though uncertain to me, is CERTAIN to my God!
He reminds us of this in Isaiah 46, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.” God is in control of this virus. Whatever He has spoken about it will pass. However long He has purposed it, it will prevail. Though we may never understand it and may question His reasons, He is working it all out for the good of those who love Him.
An acquaintance of mine living in the Republic of Georgia echoed this sentiment in a recent email, “With the world on hold and shaken from its normal rhythms, it is comforting to remember that God knows the future. He knows how long this season will last. He knows the final death count. He knows the impact on each and every one of us. He knows if everything will just get back to normal in a month or if we will never be the same again. He knows. But beyond merely knowing, He sovereignly controls every outcome--every last hair, every last sparrow known and under His perfect, wise, just, and loving control. May you seek and find new contours in God’s glorious character as the ground beneath you shakes and shifts. May you never be the same again.”
I loved how he ended this email, “May you never be the same again.” I believe God has a good purpose in this--a purpose to form each of us more into the likeness of who He created us to be. In our uncertainty, may we surrender to His certainty and let Him shape us into people who love Him, trust Him, and use the gifts He has given us to love those around us well! I pray He would provide for each one of your unique needs in this time! If you have specific prayer requests, I would love to hear them and would be honored to come alongside you in prayer for those things that are on your heart.
By Katie Miller
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