On Uncertainty

My thoughts

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I’ve been thinking about uncertainty lately and how it’s an inescapable part of life, part of the lot we’ve been dealt with. And being Nigerian raises it to the power of 10. The anxiety and uncertainty about security, education with the incessant strikes, and so on. Presently, there are devastating floods in certain parts of the country that have seen people lose homes and properties, and that will very likely further increase the food inflation in the country.

Basically, life’s tuff.

In the midst of all of this uncertainty, it appears our default reaction is to worry. It feels like by worrying we can somehow get a handle on the uncertainty and prepare ourselves for it by catastrophizing endlessly. But that doesn’t help. It’s an unhealthy coping mechanism that sees us lose sight of the present while also missing out on the beauty of the future because we’re worried about a thousand what-ifs.

So we lose both ways.

This typically drives us to find sources of stability, sometimes in other people. But as great as people are they can let us down. Even the ones we think would never disappoint us, sometimes do. It’s just life. They’re dealing with the same circumstances we are, it doesn’t necessarily make them bad people.

In all of this, I see certainty in only one place- Jesus. I think God made it that way, such that we would know the only place stability and certainty can be found is in Christ. In Christ everything else makes sense, and we have an anchor in an uncertain world.

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