Certain things

What did you do last week?

  • Decide what color that dress is really?
  • Learn how to lasso a llama?
  • Dodge the crazy weather?

Speaking of weather … we attended a family wedding this weekend. At the rehearsal dinner, a guy got up to speak. Seems he’s a weather man. In his best weather man’s voice, he gave a forecast for the wedding day: Moderate temperatures and no rain. Do you want to guess what the weather was on Saturday for the wedding?

What can you be certain about these days? Some people want to know the future. I remember a lady who claimed she could predict the future. She worked out of her house, just a short way from our church. Out in her front yard, she had one of those huge letter signs ringed with neon lights. She would run her daily specials on readings or vibes or hunches. Then one day her sign was gone. It seems that the county sign ordinance people cited her for a violation. She was not allowed to put such a sign on her property. Now, if she could really tell the future, shouldn’t she have known that before the sign people showed up?

I don’t want to know the future. I have enough trouble handling the present and coping with the past. There is just too much uncertainty, too many things you cannot anticipate. If I know what was coming, how would I be changed? Would it make me live in fear or dread?

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talked about the futility and foolishness of anxiety. Obsessive worry robs us of life. I have never worried a problem away. Corrie Ten Boom once said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” An old English proverb: “Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”

It’s easy to say “don’t worry”; it’s not as easy to follow such advice. There are things that are certain.

  • The God who created you loves you no matter what.
  • He has a future planned where there is no fear, no pain, no grief, no struggle
  • Until that future arrives, He has promised us to walk with us every step of the way.

One of my favorite sayings might apply here:

“I may not know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future.”

A more recent one might also fit:

“Rest easy, My child. I got this.”

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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