Pause for Thought April 2019

(Un)certainly

Living in these uncertain times, perhaps the only certainty seems to be that the news coverage will be about Brexit. Oops, sorry, I mentioned it. As I write this, no one seems certain of who is in charge or what next year will look like. But there are other uncertainties in life – some personal, such as dealing with a potentially life-threatening illness or threat of redundancy: others are communal or global, such as climate change, or our relationship with Europe. I know someone who is a currency trader and he says that uncertainty is good for his business because changing times means there is a greater potential for profit if you guess right. 

Change is a healthy sign – we all love to hear those words “hasn’t he/she grown” when presenting our children to those who don’t see them often. (For ourselves as adults, we normally want to hear “You haven’t changed a bit” especially when we get to a certain age…). But too much uncertainty is unsettling and we can’t plan, we can’t feel that we are on solid ground. 

Whenever Kim and I go for a walk, we often come to a place where our footing is uncertain, the solidity of the ground is not known. What we do is hold out a hand to each other when needed to provide something solid and dependable.

In uncertain times – and you may be living in very uncertain times personally right now- the description of God as a solid rock is helpful to me. Or the outstretched ‘hand of God’ - like a friend holds out their hand over a stile or over uncertain ground on a walk – is an image I find helpful.

As I said, too much change and uncertainty is unhelpful. But too little change and too much comfort is not good either. In the hymn, ‘Father hear the prayer we offer’, there is the verse that says, ‘Not for ever by still waters would we idly rest and stay, but would smite the living fountains from the rocks along our way’. And Jesus never called his followers to an easy life, but an adventure. 

As Easter approaches, one of the things I am most thankful for is the unchanging image of the Cross, showing God’s great love for us, and the image of the empty tomb, showing that death is certainly not the end.

Happy Easter!  - may you live in interesting times! 

 

“Pause for Thought” this month comes from Rev Dave Maylor

Rector of Barnack with Ufford, Bainton, Helpston & Wittering

Telephone: 01780 740234