Being wheelchair-ridden and crutch-bound for the next three months will no doubt provide much fodder for my writing and speaking. That’s one of the upsides to doing what I do—most every experience offers a life lesson to share with others.
Here’s one that struck me this morning…
Life carries multiple uncertainties, right? Last Friday morning I woke with every intention to complete my new devotional manuscript by this weekend. Instead, I spent the last six days trying to figure out how to do life on crutches and in a wheelchair after partially rupturing my left Achilles tendon.
This is only one example. We could put our heads together and make a mile-long list of examples that prove life is uncertain:
- We marry and assume we’ll have a family, but infertility proves to be a problem.
- We conceive and assume we’ll bear a beautiful, healthy child. But the baby’s born with serious medical issues that will last a lifetime.
- We raise our kids with biblical standards and pray for them everyday, but they get into their teenage years and make lousy choices. Their lives don’t turn out the way we’d imagined.
- We work hard and put money into savings, but the economy tanks and we lose a huge portion of it.
- We make wonderful plans for our retirement. The time finally comes for us to realize those plans, but our spouse passes away unexpectedly.
The list could reach to infinity and beyond, and the reality of life’s uncertainties could get downright scary and depressing. That’s not my intent through writing this post!
Rather, my intent is to bring hope and confidence in light of life’s uncertainties. Here’s the Scripture that’s encouraged me today: “I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me” (Psalm 16:8).
We might not know whether we’ll survive the day. We might not know whether the economy will work in our favor or lead to our financial ruin. We might not know whether our friends and family will stand beside us or turn against us someday. But this we do know – the Lord is always with us. No matter what life brings, we can stand strong and unshaken because He is right beside us.
How does this promise apply to you today?