At the beginning I declare the outcome;
from of old, things not yet done.
I say that my plan shall stand,
I accomplish my every desire.
As a young teenager, some of my fondest memories are of my older sister teaching me to play guitar. We didn’t ordinarily spend a good deal of time together so when we did, it was special to me. One song she taught me and we sang together was Bob Dylan’s Blowing In The Wind. I love that song and it is probably just as relevant today as it was then. In case you aren’t familiar with it he poses a number of questions that to which most people would love to have an answer. The questions lead to the chorus which states – The answer my friend is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowin’ in the wind.
Not the answer most of us would want to hear or be able to grow comfortable accepting. Today’s questions might be somewhat different but a couple of big ones might be:
How many months til this pandemic ends?
How many lives will it take?
The answer my friend is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind.
But wait, this verse in Isaiah tell us otherwise. Good news for us is that the answer isn’t blowing in the wind. God knows the end from the beginning. This pandemic did not take Him by surprise and leave Him wringing His hands and engaging in speculation.
This pandemic has not changed His plans or His purposes. He isn’t googling to find the answer.
I encounter people who are searching for the answer. People who spend a good deal of time doing research online and posting on Facebook their findings and speculating about this conspiracy and that one. Listening to them I begin to think that the answers seem to abound online until the next person refutes what the other just said and the speculation just goes on and on and on. I have learned to politely walk away in order to be at peace with the unknown.
How about you? Have you lost your peace in the unknown? Have you searched for answers that aren’t here to find? Maybe what has stolen your peace isn’t the pandemic. Maybe it’s the doctor’s report, or a relationship on the brink of disaster or a job situation that is uncertain. Whatever the thief of your peace, God isn’t tossing and turning waiting on an answer. He knows the ending. As Max Lucado once said, “God’s heart is good and His hands are strong.” He can keep you through these times of uncertainty.
But to find His peace, we might have to walk away from the speculation, turn off news for a while and leave Google alone for a bit and spend time in His word building the faith we need to navigate the unknown.
God bless you friends, I would love to hear from you!