The past few months have been quite something – floods, a resurgence of Covid and now a terrorist attack in Auckland.
Events with very natural causes, events with very human causes and those that are a mixture of both, surround us, impact us and grab our attention.
They remind us that there are many facets of life where we have no control.
We have the illusion of control. Laws are passed, plans are made, risks are assessed – and while probabilities improve, control eludes us.
The desperate grasping for total control is our undoing.
When it fails, as it must, despair crowds out hope.
Yet we may have hope. In the midst of uncertainties the certain still remains. In the midst of instability, there is still stability.
The sun rises each day and the seasons come and go.
Spring follows winter, and summer will follow spring.
Whether early or late, wet or dry, the seasons go through their cycle year after year.
There is a time for sowing and time for harvest.
While there is surprise and uncertainty in much of life, we can look for the certain amongst the uncertain, the stable amongst the unstable.
The book of Psalms is a helpful guide for us in this respect.
Technology is constantly changing, and at an ever increasing rate.
Yet the human condition remains the same.
Though the outward expressions differ, at the core of our being we face the same issues as every age has faced.
The Psalms are very honest in the portrayal of suffering, hardship and disappointment.
Yet they are equally honest in how do deal with our troubles. Not minimising or ignoring his problems, the Psalmist takes stock and remembers God. The Psalmist doesn’t grasp at the illusion of control. He doesn’t imagine that he has the power to do all he wishes.
Rather he remembers the Creator, his God, who is also the Saviour of His people.
The best response to troubles is not to trust in self, but rather to trust in Him who understands suffering and has provided light for our darkness.
As we move into spring we enjoy a season of warmth, of growth, of new life.
The Northern Hemisphere has the advantage of celebrating Easter in the spring – with all its energy and hope.
The Resurrection of Christ is the ultimate conquering of sadness and trouble.
It is the ultimate promise of new life and hope.
May you find certainty, hope and joy in Him.
– By David Bayne
David Bayne is the minister at Grace Presbyterian Church.