The Certainty of Uncertainty

8 Nov

There was a lot of freaking out on Facebook and Twitter yesterday. :) More angry comments than I cared to see followed by Bible verses about God’s sovereignty,  opinions about how and why the election turned out the way it did, and questions about the future. I’ll admit, I’m disappointed in the outcome of the election. It’s not what I had hoped, or voted, for.

But . . . it is what it is.

We knew going into Election Day that lots of people were going to be disappointed. That was certain. There could only be one winner. We also knew that neither candidate was going to solve all of our problems because that’s not humanly possible. Another certainty. What we didn’t know was who would be hired to head our country for the next four years. And what we don’t know now is what’s going to happen next year, the year after that, or the year after that. Uncertainty.

I heard a lot of talk about uncertainty and all of the worries about what will happen in the future now that President Obama has been re-elected. Some of that talk has been taking place inside my own head. I’ve got my concerns and fears and doubts.

But I’ve got a news flash for you and me – our future on Earth has always been, and will always be, uncertain. If Mitt Romney had been elected, our future would be uncertain. Sure, my personal values and ideas align more with his policies and opinions, but there’s no guarantee that what he hoped to accomplish would have been done. Just as there’s no guarantee that what President Obama hopes to accomplish will be done.

As I sit and think about, I recognize that history has been filled with uncertainty. We make plans, we can often figure out what is going to happen in the future, but truthfully – we just don’t know because much of it is just uncertain – no matter who the President of the United States is.

The only certainty we have, as Christians, is that Jesus is Lord, God is still on His throne, and one day we will meet them face to face. There’s your hope. There’s your future. There’s your certainty.

We shouldn’t look to a man or a political party or our spouse or our parents or our employer to offer us security and peace of mind. They can’t do it. They may try, but we will never find lasting security in people.

When you have cancer, you know what uncertainty is. You wake up with it, you think about it, you confront it – you eat, sleep, and breathe uncertainty. It becomes uncomfortably familiar. This is how I feel about our country right – we are in an uncomfortably familiar place. Not because President Obama has been re-elected, but because we are all (politicians and us citizens, alike) just as stubborn as we were on Monday. Nothing has changed in our hearts. And until it does, we will only see superficial changes that won’t last.

So, my recommendation for us this Thursday following the election? Shake it off. We need to pick ourselves up by your bootstraps, put our big girl pants on, and with a smiles on your faces go out and make this the best day possible not only for ourselves – but for all those we encounter during the day. We can focus on the uncertainty or we can focus on what we know: that God is still God, we live in a wonderful country, and life is still good.



13 Responses to “The Certainty of Uncertainty”

  1. Jennifer November 8, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    Excellent post and so true.
    Love, jennifer

  2. The Savvy Sister November 8, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Just like gas….this too shall pass.

  3. Pattie November 8, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    Well said Rachel. Thank you so much for the post this morning.

  4. Nancy Arrighi November 8, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Amen! Very well put!

  5. lauriecoombs November 8, 2012 at 9:12 am #


  6. Chargaile Askew November 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    So very well said Rachel. As you said, it is what it is. If each person does their part, lives by their values and work daily to bring others to Christ, then we have done our part. Bashing of political parties only makes us a part of the problem, not the solution. We have to look for ways to make our country a better country, accept the facts and move forward.

    I don’t plan, for anyone to be able to say, that I did not move forward and try to make this a better place for my grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    The “change” has to begin with each of us. I want the change to be a better life and future for my family and I have to be a part of that change to make it happen.

    • rachturner November 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      We are the change, Charlotte. :)

  7. Tranquil Moments Photography November 9, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    I missed this yesterday, well written and soooo true Rachel. You are wise beyond your years my dear. Lovely post.

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