It is said that the only thing that’s constant is change. True enough, but I would say that the only thing that’s truly constant is uncertainty. We can be sure of change, perhaps, but we can be even more sure that we are not ever sure about everything. The “will I?”s, “what if?”s and “what’s next?”s are always with us. Even when our plans unfold as they should, we wonder if they will continue to do so until their completion.
Uncertainty means today’s weather forecast is tomorrow’s punchline. A well-intended action by a helpful friend tosses a monkey-wrench into our well-oiled machine. What seems like a bad idea turns out to be the best one ever when it’s actually played out. A well considered essay suddenly takes a different turn.
Uncertainty is a curse for those who fail to take reality into account and those for whom humility is a foreign word. When we make room for life’s little interruptions and our own shortcomings uncertainty might throw us a curveball, but we’re ready to either catch it or at least try avoid it hitting us. To make room for uncertainty prepares us to deal with whatever comes accordingly. That doesn’t guarantee joy or success; it does, give us the certainty that we will be able to face whatever comes head-on, without hesitation.
The uncertainty of my move to Coldwater comes from losing the full support of St. James and wondering if I’ll be able to live up to my new congregation’s expectations. For you St. James, the uncertainly lies in what your future without the leadership of your own Pastor; for the good people at St. Andrew’s, Coldwater, it’s whether or not they’ve made the right choice. Uncertainty seems to be the order of the day.
In the midst of this uncertainty, one constant will see us through. We know we are God’s beloved children, and we believe that we are honouring and serving our Creator. We might not do it perfectly, or even absolutely correctly, which is why there are moments of sorrow or anger in the midst of life. But we do have the certainty of a God who will be there for us no matter what happens.
To honour God is to love as deeply as God loves us, to serve as faithfully as Jesus serves humanity, and to let God’s Spirit of wisdom guide our thoughts and actions. When we immerse ourselves in God’s heart we can be certain that God will support us through other Christ-like brothers and sisters, and empower us to do what is right, good and just. Whatever uncertainty we may have, God is certain to see us through to whatever good end is in store for us.