Faith in the Midst of Uncertainty
I find myself one year out of college with lots of uncertainty in my life. When I found out yesterday that I got picked for jury duty and tried to postpone it so I don’t miss some important days at work or my international flight, I realized – I have NO IDEA where I will be in five months when I will be called by the court again. What am I gonna do about this?! My summer job will end, and then what?! I don’t even know what state I’ll be living in!! (I’ve lived in four different states in the last two years.) I proceeded to have a minor freak out about the future and my complete lack of plans for it.
Thankfully, Jesus calmed my heart and quickly gave me an attitude adjustment about the whole thing. I was drawn to a familiar chapter in the New Testament, Hebrews 11. This chapter talks about the faith of many great leaders like Abraham and Sarah, Noah and Joseph. What I realized is that many of these people had no idea where the Lord was leading them!
Hebrews 11:8 says, “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (emphasis added.) I am learning that faith often leads us to places that our culture doesn’t approve of. It leads us to places we never expected we would be. God calls us to have faith to follow Him, even amidst the great uncertainties of life, even when we can’t see three steps ahead of us.
William Barclay writes, “It is not the hope which looks forward with wistful longing; it is the hope that looks forward with utter certainty.” Talk about a paradox! We are called to be certain of a future even though we have no idea what it contains. Yet amidst the uncertainty in my life, I am convinced that the Lord will remain faithful to me, even when I don’t know where He is leading me.
Kellie Rock, Camp Ojibway Program Assistant