| from Joyce Baker |

Pre-2020 our lives consisted of tidy schedules and routines centered around our jobs or school. We knew exactly when we would buy groceries every week, get the kids to practices, hit the gym, and we looked forward to date night or a night out with friends, etc. We may have been lulled into a false sense of security by our routines and plans. 

Steve and I celebrated our fortieth anniversary in 2020 and planned a wonderful Alaskan cruise and tour with friends. The fall of 2019 found us planning and booking the trip. I purchased a new pair of hiking books and an appropriate jacket (Living in south Texas doesn’t really require much of a jacket.). Plans were progressing. We were also looking forward to welcoming our fourth grandchild! On a snowy February 2020 day in west Texas, our grandson was born perfect. What a thrill! Then Steve’s spring break began in the middle of March. This was the end of the tidiness of schedules thanks to the interruption of COVID – spring break lasted for about eleven weeks. 

In the year 2020 we have experienced a global pandemic, major changes in work situations, school upheaval, church worship attendance, and great unrest in our nation. Life as we have known it for years didn’t undergo some changes, for many of us life underwent drastic changes. Most things, which seemed certain before feel very uncertain now. We seem to be dwelling in an unprecedented time of uncertainties. 

In reality our lives are made up of uncertainties. We live in an ever-changing world with no guarantees of health, wealth, or happiness. As we’ve experienced over the past few months, our lives can change drastically over a matter of days or weeks and/or without a moment’s notice. 

There are things we need to remember when we feel we are in uncertain circumstances. Ask yourself these questions and review these scriptures when you are feeling ungrounded by uncertainties:

  • Am I here without God’s knowledge? 
    • Proverbs 15:3
  • Am I here at His bidding? 
    • Ephesians 2:10 and Esther 4:14
  • Am I here without His love? 
    • Romans 8:35
  • Am I in a situation too hard for God? 
    • Jeremiah 32:27
  • Am I here without His care? 
    • 1 Peter 5:7
  • Am I here only to be abandoned by God? 
    • Hebrews 13:5
  • Am I showing my trust in Him through praise? 
    • Psalm 150:6, Hebrews 13:14
  • Have I committed all things to Him? 
    • Psalm 37:5, Colossians 3:23

“For I hear the whispering of many- terror on every side!- as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! Make your face shine on your servant; save me in you steadfast love!”  Psalm 31:13-16

Even in uncertainties we are certain of God’s unfailing presence with us through every circumstance and the knowledge that He allows His children to go through difficulties for the purpose of caring for those around us. We know we are called to love God and love our neighbor. 

“And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

Joyce Baker is the mother of four grown children and “Mimi” to four precious grandchildren. Joyce has served side by side with her husband, Steve, in ministry for forty years with a heart for encouraging families to grow together in Christ. Her ministry is marked with the recognition that every person is a unique individual with purpose and a need for those unique qualities to be encouraged. She is looking forward to influencing more people as a Celebrate Kids Associate Writer and Speaker.