A mark of a good movie is a mystery ending. When we’re left sitting on the edge of our seat wondering how the drama is going to unfold, it’s cinematic gold.
We love this uncertainty in movies, but not in real life.
When you’re entrenched in uncertainty, it feels like you’re lost in a maze frantically looking for the exit all the while suffocating on your thoughts of what if’s and if only’s. The situation feels dire and that long-sought-after resolution keeps evading you. From time to time you think you’ve gotten hold of that closure and banished uncertainty forever only to find that closure is much like trying to grab hold of water. It’s ever elusive.
I have a situation in my life that is full of uncertainty. It did not unfold how I expected and now it feels as though a bunch of items I had neatly organized on a blanket have been tossed up in the air and landed in great disarray and chaos on the ground. Nothing is where I want it.
As I’ve prayed about this issue, I have felt the Holy Spirit impress the same words upon my heart over and over again, “Release it to me.”
At first glance, those words don’t bring much comfort. I want to control it, fix it, and speak more words into the situation. I want to wrap up a happy ending with a pretty bow on it that everyone will be satisfied with.
However, when I further consider those words, “Release it to me,” it brings to mind 1 Peter 5:7,
“Cast all your cares on Him because he cares for you.”
That word, “cast,” is so significant here. It brings about a wonderful visual for us of fishermen who throw their nets out into the ocean to draw in fish. Here’s what’s interesting about those fishing nets: they’re heavy. They can weigh up to 20 pounds. In order to gain the strength to continue doing their jobs, they must keep throwing and casting that net.
It’s the same for us.
Our uncertainties are heavy, weighing us down, but God gives us clear instruction on what to do with the worry of uncertainty: throw it on him. In Greek, the word cast has an even richer definition, “to cause responsibility for something to be upon someone—‘put upon him all responsibility for your cares’ or ‘make him responsible for all your worries.’
Casting our cares on Jesus demonstrates that we trust Him. The more we cast our cares, the more we grow our spiritual muscles to trust Him. When we try to hold on or solve the problem in our uncertainty, we’re telling Jesus that we don’t trust Him.
Bring your cares and uncertainties to Him and then spend time getting to know Jesus. Clinging to Jesus amidst the uncertainty will benefit you more than trying to resolve your uncertainty. Knowing who Jesus is will give you confidence that He is still working – even when you can’t see it.
You must know Jesus because when you can’t see what He is doing, you need to hope in who He is.
And let me remind you who He is:
-He’s a redeemer (Psalm 130:7)
-He makes old things new (2 Corinthians 5:17)
-He restores (John 9:1-11)
-He brings beauty where there was once wreckage (Isaiah 61:3)
-He works all things for His glory (Romans 8:28-29)
So when you’re in the midst of great uncertainty and you don’t know how this scene in the story of your life is going to unfold, remember that God knows. He is at work amidst the uncertainty to work things out for His glory.
And that is something we can be certain of, friends.