Aren’t you a bit tired of living in “unprecedented times”?
You’re not alone. I saw a slogan on a T-shirt the other day which read, “I miss precedented times.”
We’re all longing to go back to our normal, predictable lives, the way they used to be.
But even when we’re able to return to a semblance of our pre-pandemic existence, we still aren’t guaranteed a life without injustices, sorrows and unwelcome surprises.
Jesus told us that “in this world, you will have trouble.” And ain’t that the truth!
Even so, we can have hope that with God, we can still live in “precedented times.” How so?
When you read the Bible, you find there are precedents to receiving healing, restoration, wholeness and joy, no matter how dire the circumstances may seem.
Before the advent of rear cameras in vehicles, some drivers had trouble knowing if they were properly backed into a parking space.
(Come to think of it, some drivers still have trouble with this, despite having rear cameras!)
Some people may need several attempts to get centred in the spot. They may have to open their car doors and peek down to see how far they are from the lane markers.
They just don’t have a sense of whether they’re in the centre or not.
I think all of us can relate to this. Perhaps not as drivers, but certainly in life, because we often don’t know if we’re in the centre of God’s will or not.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell, isn’t it?
We can’t always determine whether we’re in God’s will by merely looking at our circumstances. We might be going through some terribly difficult life events, and think, “This can’t be God’s will for me. It looks all wrong.”
And yet we might actually be smack dab in the centre of God’s will for our lives at that time.