Is there ANY Certainty of What Lies Ahead?

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On Friday, I made a visit, by myself, to the House on High Street.  It was a cold day~a rather drastic extreme from the balmy weather Scott and I had while vacationing just one-week prior.  As I walked through the back door of the house and entered the main room, I was overwhelmed with how different the house looked…and felt.    Where there were at least walls, only two months ago, there was now the bare nakedness of wood beams.

It felt cold, dark, and daunting.

Kitchen Current Status
Kitchen Current Status

I made my way to the center hallway and stared at the piles of insulation on the floor waiting to be placed between the exposed framing.  Standing there, I inhaled a long deep breath as I  scanned the entire first floor from one side to the other and from the recently swept floorboards all the way up to the first stairway landing.

It was the first time I stood in this house and felt overwhelmed with uncertainty.

“What in the world have we gotten ourselves into?”

My mind quickly referenced our current living situation…a one-bedroom condo…and how after just two hours of cleaning, the day before, I was completely and utterly exhausted.

The Kitchen BEFORE Walls & Ceiling removed.
The Kitchen BEFORE Walls & Ceiling removed.

“Um.  How on earth…?”   

“God, You would not have allowed for this to happen if it was not part of your plan, right?  I mean, Scott and I would not have agreed in doing this…and we wouldn’t have found a buyer for the beach house condo…nor had the means to get this far…RIGHT? 

Hello?  (echo)

Ok, breathe, Rachel.  God…what have we done? This house is too much for us to do…to maintain…to dwell here.  We don’t have children to sleep in those spare bedrooms.  And how can one income maintain a house like this?  It deserves better.  Someone with more time…more money…more energy…more children. 

God, can you hear me?  Or is this humongous dilapidated eyesore standing in the way? I’m scared, God. 

Can you hear me, God?  I said I am afraid. 

What you have here is a true story that you probably can relate to in some shape or form.  We’ve all been there.  That inescapable, undeniable fear that comes with uncertainty.  Believe me, I’ve been there more times than I can count.   Uncertainty feels uncomfortable, overwhelming, and scary, but this does not mean that it is a mistake.

God Does NOT Make Mistakes

God’s word addresses any scenario in which we feel uncomfortable, overwhelmed, or afraid in moving forward.  For me, these verses help catapult my faith and restore my ability to persevere.

  • “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6
  • And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28
  • But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

After reading and meditating on these verses, I was reminded that God does not make mistakes.  I was reminded about other times in my life where I was uncomfortable, overwhelmed, and afraid.  And, I was reminded that in looking back…I have NO regrets.   Even  the scenarios that did not work out the way I hoped had extraordinary qualities.  We can be certain of these qualities even amongst the scenarios that may not work out.

Ok, God.  I hear what you’re saying, now.  I need to trust You in the midst of uncertainty.  Well, if you can just help me a little, I can make that happen.   

Perhaps you are currently feeling uncomfortable, overwhelmed, or afraid about what lies ahead.  Moving forward, we can choose to ask God to fulfill the promises from these verses.  We can choose faith to wait on Him…to prosper us…make our paths straight….work all things together for good…and renew our strength no matter what happens.

Because He promises to do so!

I still have mixed feelings about the House on High Street.  Scott does, too.  But, God does NOT make mistakes and we are in this for a reason as uncertain as every other scenario in this lifetime.  With God’s help, we will do our part and anticipate His promises no matter what tomorrow brings.

The Living EXTRAordinary Woman chooses to have certainty in God’s promises for what lies ahead; acknowledging that God makes blessings…NOT mistakes.


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  • March 10
    • March 10

      I’m so glad it encouraged you, Jamie. Encouraging others is my greatest hope with this blog! I hope you visit more often. xo