the unknown

Each day, even in its normal routine (and my days as a rule, even all week are characteristically similar) brings something of the unknown. There will be elements present which are different because life itself is fluid. Circumstances and events may by and large be the same and similar, but the details surrounding them will seem to be anything but.

While I don’t seem to mind change overall, I find as I get older that I tend to value routine, doing the same things over and over again. That is perhaps in part why I have fancied that someday I wouldn’t mind at all being part of a monastic order, of course as one married and with one foot at least still in the Reformation. But that would be quite a change in itself, though it would lend itself to a routine which in and of itself I value.

I am at a place in my life which is a crossroads of sorts. I’m not sure where I’ll be a year from now, the Lord willing. I just don’t know. Maybe I have an inkling, maybe I don’t. So I’m at a place right now where I feel like I’m bumping against the unknown. And I have to admit, I’m not altogether comfortable with that.

But we all face the unknown. None of us know what a day may bring, much less a year. We do well then to remain strong in what we do know as to the way, the truth and the life in Jesus. When we’re faced with uncertainty which in some degree is true all the time, but sometimes seems especially so during possible major changes in life.

Perhaps whatever changes come can tether us all the more in what is unchangeable. So that when the inevitable storms and troubles, even tragedies of life come, we will be well grounded in what is known in our experience by grace in and through Jesus.

…as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures,which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.