I just read an article in Psychology Today called Living With Uncertainty. There was a phrase that jumped off the page that I haven’t been able to get out of my head, “the intolerance of uncertainty.” I was struck by the truth of it. We hate it. We can’t stand it.
We want to know the future, the outcomes, and the results. We live in an instant pot, drive-thru, Uber Eats, Amazon Now culture. We want the microwaved version of life, not the crockpot.
We hate waiting for that call back from our dream job interview. We can’t stand waiting for medical results or test scores or Amazon deliveries. We wait to get married, wait to get pregnant, wait for our kids to take their first steps, and go to school.
We spend our lives waiting and wishing our days away, looking to the future, assuming everything will be better, simpler, easier.
What if instead of worrying in the waiting, we could find peace and joy and life in the waiting? It sounds like a far-fetched, idealistic dream, doesn’t it? But I’ve experienced it myself. Not perfectly. Not every time. But I have.
The only way I know how to deal with my own “intolerance of uncertainty” is to accept that I am not in control, to surrender. I may not be in control, but God is.
He is all-knowing. He knows our past, our present, and our future. He has stored up great things for us. But those great things require waiting…waiting on Him.
So the solution to the “intolerance-of-uncertainty” problem isn't to just try and tolerate it better...to grit your teeth and force your way through the fears and doubt.
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