The first resistance to the unknown is experienced when the baby cries after leaving the mother’s womb. From that point on, the baby is in continuous changing, learning, adapting, growing, failing and trying again. No body says it would be easy to walk without first some stumbling and falling, but we did it, and we don’t want to go back to crawling.
Just as the first experience, it happened again when we went to school, college, university, work, marriage, having our own families and so on. In each season we had to face the fear of the unknown, learn and adjust to it. The sooner we do it, the better it is.
Adjusting to a new life style after divorce, illness, financial loss, or dead of a loved one. Perhaps, we are working but some radical changes are happening that are hard to adjust. Maybe we are just praying for the right person to come to our life. Whatever the situation, there is always fear to the unknown.
At times we have to adjust to situations we thought they were over for us: going back to school or to work again after retirement… yes, we are always confronted with the unknown, every day, every minute. It can be nerve-racking and it can drain our energy. Once done, many times we wouldn’t change it for nothing.
So, what can we do when the uncertainty comes?
I normally remind myself of whom I lean on. My Lord Jesus Christ. I claim his promises: “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:2-3.
If I feel I failed, I remind the Lord his promise on Isaiah 54: 7-10. I claim His favor to me. “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great compassion I will take you back. 8 In a burst of anger I turned my face away for a little while. But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer. 9 “Just as I swore in the time of Noah that I would never again let a flood cover the earth, so now I swear that I will never again be angry and punish you. 10 For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you…
Just like the baby lean on his parents for comfort, we also need someone. Peace and calm come back when we face the unknown with Christ. Thank you for His mercy. It helps us to keep on going facing every day until eternity comes…
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21