Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Beauty in uncertainty

Have you ever been hit by a realization at a random moment?  Today, I was in the… ahemmm… ladies room when the following question struck me: “Why are the handicapped stalls always the farthest from the door?”  It was in that precious moment in the stall that I realized something profound.  Sometimes, life doesn’t make sense.

We all know this to be true, don’t we?  With all of our technology, almost everything seems to have been diluted to a science.  Whether it be losing weight or becoming a millionaire, easy to follow procedures have been created that, most importantly, lead quickly to a goal.

What is wrong with this picture?  We expect certainty and ease in our lives.  We expect for God to simply tell us what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.  With these expectations, we forget one, simple fact: God is in control.  With God in control, He has designed a plan for us that only He can reveal in His perfect timing. 

Sometimes, life doesn’t make sense, but that is okay!  God gives us these times of uncertainty in order to learn to rely on Him and to realize that sometimes “ignorance is bliss.”  As humans, the extent of our knowledge cannot even compare to the knowledge and wisdom of our amazing God.  

If you are the type of person that desires the destination but not the journey, maybe it is time to pray for God’s peace.  Take a moment to pray about ways in which you can learn to rely on Him in your journey, not merely the destination.  God wants to be with you every step of the way; however, you must first accept that sometimes, life doesn’t make sense TO YOU.  The good news is, life makes sense to God; He created it!  

During these times of uncertainty, "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you" (James 4:8).  God has everything under control!  Rest in this fact that you don’t need to plan or know everything!  After all, uncertain times in our lives are often when God best reveals His beauty.


  1. the handicapped stalls are the farthest from the door because they are the largest, therefore it would make more sense spatially to put them in the corner. but i find this example ironically appropriate because it was as relevant and enlightening as the rest of your post.