The Blessing of Uncertainty

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Photos from four years past popped up in my Google feed before I sat down to write this. Pictured: our family on Day 2 of our first ever epic road trip. We woke up to an expansive view of mountains and a horse ranch, our campsite situated in the midst of Estes Park, Colorado. The day before we had stood precariousy under our car trunk in the pouring rains as the kids yelled at us in the tent, “We want out!” and no dinner prepared at 8 p.m. Yet that morning we awoke to the view you now see and a fox trotting right by our campsite, a limp mouse, breakfast, hanging from its jaws. It was just a few feet away from us.

To me the photos are proof of blessing: proof God provides beauty, expereince, and life when I don’t know what’s next.

God knew way before modern neuroscientists mentioned the science of possibility: we are wired for hope. And when we lean into that realm of not yet and what could be, our minds and bodies are triggered to live well into the extraordinary.

One way to do this is by remembering magic moments when uncertainty faced us: a rainstorm, a bad camping trip, or even, not knowing where dinner would come from. Then recall the blessing which came from it.//

In New Testament Greek, blessing is makariosthe belief God will expand faith He has already given you as a mark of His favor. I look back on that initial trip and see how God guided us on the most incredible road trip we’ve ever had (and we’ve had a lot!): waterfalls, caverns, swimming holes, seashores, and hidden coves.

I look at these pictures alongside the blank days of summer, fall, and the whole year to come. I get scared sometimes when I forget God and His presence. I recognize it a bit late like the two friends of Jesus did on the road to Emmaus.

He’s with me and you now as we think back to the blessing of how He paved a way through the mountains. The fox knew what she’d been given would come again—she pounced on the blessing and took it home to whomever dwelt in her little den, and so did I.

This post is written with the Five Minue Friday community. Today our one-word writing prompt was BLESSING.

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June 30, 2017
  • Shauna Blaak

    Another epic family trip. I wanna go on one of these trips! 🙂

    Loved this: “we are wired for hope. And when we lean into that realm of not yet and what could be, our minds and bodies are triggered to live well into the extraordinary.” Yes, yes, yes!

    You have such a wonderful way of making us LOOK UP, Christina! Thank you!

  • JeanneTakenaka

    I loved reading about your epic trip. God does have interesting ways of revealing Himself, doesn’t He? It’s good when we can see His blessings in the little things.

    We love Estes Park. I’m glad you guys had a good time there. 🙂

  • Marie

    I had to smile as I read this, because an epic road trip played a huge part in my husband and I getting together. The car broke down a couple of hours into our trip, and we were trapped on a little side road for most of the day with nothing but a box of Cheez Its. Once the initial anger and fear passed, we had the best time, and it’s now one of our favorite memories. God is good indeed, to take these unexpected moments and weave them into the tapestry of our lives.

    • That’s sort of romantic/ sort of not;). But it sure bought you together and makes a great story nonetheless!

  • Tara Ulrich

    Yes! Estes Park is one of my absolute fave places in the world. It’s hard not to see God’s goodness in this place! I’m just returning from that very place. God once again blessed me there. I’m in the 11 spot this week!

    • Wish I could have tagged along! I loved that place too hope it was a fabulous trip.

  • Emily Conrad

    “I recognize it a bit late like the two friends of Jesus did on the road to Emmaus.” Oh, me, too. I love the image of the fox trusting the blessing wouldn’t be a one-time occurrence and enjoying the meal in trust.

    • That story kept popping up for next this week. I loved that fox too. They are the coolest! Do you have them in WI?

  • Jerri Miller

    Thank you for sharing the Greek meaning of blessing: ” makarios: the belief God will expand faith He has already given you as a mark of His favor.” I didn’t know that! God honors faith – and then He even helps you with growing your faith. Wow!

    I agree with your premise that we are wired for hope. I’m always expecting something good from Him. ~ Jerralea

    • Hi, Jerralea, isn’t that so cool? Praying big beautiful faith for you this week. Thanks for reading!