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Dealing with Uncertainty

DEALING WITH UNCERTAINTY​

It is a new month, the second one of the year. Time seems to be really flying. I want to be positive this month and face it with courage. Now, the future is one of the biggest complex mysteries of life. If you are approaching or are in your mid-30s or older, chances are, you are not anywhere near where you wanted to be ten years ago. You could be better off or deterred a long time into something completely different.

Anyway, I would not be extremely sure I am just 20 something and for me, life is yet to begin. The dreams and goals I had ten years ago for myself are no longer true or relevant, as I have had to make a lot of adjustments to suit new realities. When I look back 10 years ago, I was in upper primary school and nothing made me happier than the thought that I would one day be a forensic psychologist; just the name itself made my heart beat a little bit faster. It sounded grand just like myself. I would have never known that I would have ventured into communication and journalism, which I love so much by the way.

Just as most of us when in high school, seem to have, our entire future planned out ahead of us. Done with university at 23, engaged at 25, married at 27, and the first baby at 28. At least most people had it planned out like this but you soon realize that you are 29 and single. However, life happens.

There was a period in the last few years I thought I had stagnated in life. I was still stuck in that misplaced youthful zeal, that I would never grow old. However, here I am on the verge of almost graduating university and this is making me realize that I am growing older, that lifestyle diseases may catch up with me, that maybe I need to start working out, that life is catching up with me.

It is all about growth, but that is physical growth. There is mental and spiritual growth. People never deliberately mature up. Tough choices in life make people grow up. The loss of a loved one, lack of employment, losing your job, marital issues among many others. Moreover, reality is a wild ogre. Sometimes he claws you from your fantasies leaving you battered.

We all do not know where we will be in ten years from now. Could be better off or worse off. However, as a Christian a verse that resonates deeply is Romans 8:28: “and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose(NIV). The Apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans, which many consider the richest theological treatise in Scripture.

 

He begins chapter 8 by discussing the differences between living by the Spirit and living by the flesh. He points out that living by the Spirit makes us sons and daughters of God. The promise of Romans 8:28 that God works for our good “in all things” is reassuring. It means that no matter the circumstance, there are only two qualifiers for God to be working all things together for our good.

 

 

First, He works for “the good of those who love Him.” If you love God, you can trust that He is working for your good. He loves you back, and when we love people, we seek for their welfare. Second, He works for “those who are called according to His purpose.” God has called us for a purpose. In fact, the wording of this verse suggests that these two qualifiers, loving God and experiencing His call are actually one. Those who love God are called to His purpose and vice versa

Today I continue to see God working things together for my good. I am studying something I enjoy and love but I am more grateful to be able to use my education to serve Him and talk about His goodness. In the next few years, I might be able to venture into forensic psychology. All good things in God’s timing.

 

Today, take a moment and thank God, that He is working all things together for your good, even in circumstances, where you cannot yet see the result.

 

Have a reflective day, won’t you?

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The answer may be as simple as a tree. Yes, a tree. You see the Cedar is a very special tree, the Cedar in specific are mentioned more than 100 times in the Bible. Cedars can reach from 98 to 131 feet in height and around 8 feet in diameter, they grow on mountains and some of the most challenging terrains and even reach up to 8,000 feet above sea level.  

To break this down, we can look at Cedars as a perfect example of the characteristics of a son of God. Being above sea level means having the ability to see beyond the norm, beyond what this world offers and what culture dictates. You see, sons are not affected by what affects humanity, they are not swayed or moved by the winds or doctrines of men, they operate in a different way,  talk in a different way and think in a different way. 

Being above sea level moreso 8,000 feet means that you are above human intellect or human strength, you are in the Earth but not of it. Thus everything that you do on this Earth is not of you or for you but of a higher calling and purpose from God. 

John 1:12-13 says that “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Sonship thus is today’s world means that you are DIFFERENT, and operate on a higher level than others do. But remember that this type of growth doesn’t come immediately, it takes time. Cedars can take up to 40 years to reach full maturity, so sons must have the patience to go through the necessary process as led by God. We must then allow the glory of the Son to have full rights to our hearts, souls, and minds. Because it will flow through us to touch and change the lives of others around us and ultimately reshape the culture around us too. 

In conclusion, being a son of God is a lot like being the Cedars of Lebanon, you are unshaken and unmoved by the things around you (in the world), and operate on an entirely different level, an elevated level that is growing and being shaped by Christ for a higher calling. So continue to work on your salvation and be more like Him because the purpose of our roles as ambassadors is to shine as lights to lost humanity. 

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