“These uncertain times…” Does that phrase make anyone else crazy? Just me? Somehow, I don’t think so. My pastor, who happens to also be my husband, reminded us this past Sunday that we have never really had “certain” times. There are always issues and concerns and problems in our world, but there is just something so very different about now.
Anyone with children recognizes how very different things are now. We should be packing lunches, putting folders and notebooks into backpacks, and sending them on their way. Instead, many parents are scrambling to figure out how to create a “school” space at home for their children. Working parents are looking for options because they don’t have the luxury of working from home. This creates a whole different level of stress in the home, in the family. What are families to do?
One of my favorite verses in scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. (NKJV)
Right now, my understanding is not something I want to lean on. I fluctuate multiple times a day. My understanding is all over the place. As an employee, a pastor’s wife and mother, I struggle with the right thing to do, the right thing to say. I want to encourage my coworkers, our congregation, my son, but so many times, I just don’t know what to say. These are indeed uncertain times.
I want to comfort my son, but I have never been through anything like this. I don’t know how his mind is processing all these changes. I struggle with these changes and I’m an adult, so how does this affect children whose routines are completely turned upside down? Again, I need to remember not to lean on my own understanding.
I’m finding that it’s important to be “real” during these times. Any time really. I think it’s important that we, as Christians, admit we don’t have all the answers. That we don’t necessarily know the right thing to say. But we do know the One who does, and He has given us the instructions—trust with all our heart, acknowledge Him. If we follow those instructions, we may just find that He will give us the words to say, the things to do. The comfort that our children need as they begin school in a very different way than any of us had ever imagined.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart… much better than leaning on my own understanding in these “uncertain” times.