I have a tendency to be a control freak. I like to plan almost everything out in my life. When plans go awry, I can get discouraged and feel defeated. I hate veering off my plan. Even worse, I get anxious when it seems like there isn’t a plan in place. When there is uncertainty, I have anxiety.
I remember how I felt applying to colleges my senior year. Everyone in my life kept asking me, “So, what’s next after high school?” As I waited for acceptance or rejection letters, I had no clue what was next.
The truth is that God will use uncertainty to build our faith. Uncertainty is simply opportunity. Maybe you’re uncertain today about you’re next step in life. Maybe you’re uncertain about a relationship, friendship, or career path. Maybe you’re uncertain about your identity and purpose. Life is filled with uncertainty and with each uncertain outcome, we have the opportunity to stretch our faith just a little bit more.
There are people who have their five year plans and others who barely have a five minute plan. Regardless of your personality, it’s important to constantly remember that we can only plan so much. In the midst of uncertainty, we are challenged. Our response to that challenge can determine our future trajectory. God calls us to be people who plan. But more importantly, He calls us to be people who will give up our plans to chase His.
I think about the story of Jesus calling the disciples who were fishermen and how He encouraged them to literally drop all their plans and follow Him. The disciples were facing a lot of uncertainty. They didn’t even know this man called Jesus. Yet, the Bible says they dropped their nets and started following Him.
What nets are in your hands right now that you need to drop? Are you so afraid of uncertainty that it becomes a barrier to God’s best and blessed for your life?
Uncertainty is opportunity. Opportunity to think less about us and more about God. Opportunity to stretch our faith. Opportunity to drop how we think things should be and chase after how God wants it to be.
Maybe there’s uncertainty in your life, but what if that’s exactly where God wants you to be? It might be time to find a level of comfort in our uncertainty.
“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.”