One Good Thought: Uncertain Times


“We see the water of a river flowing uninterruptedly and passing away, and all that floats on its surface, rubbish or beams of trees, all pass by. Christian! So does our life. . .

I was an infant, and that time has gone. I was an adolescent, and that too has passed. I was a young man, and that too is far behind me. The strong and mature man that I was is no more. My hair turns white, I succumb to age, but that too passes; I approach the end and will go the way of all flesh. I was born in order to die. I die that I may live. Remember me, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom!”
—St. Tikhon of Voronezh

Towering mountains of stripy sandstone stand as a visual history as each of their layers show times long past, dwarfing the timespan of our country. These massive reminders of the vastness of time are temporary themselves, giving us but a little hint of the length of our eternal life that is coming.

Many people are stressed about the election in our country because there are so many pressing issues that divide us and our candidates. There are reasons why people are so emotional and involved right now, but we shouldn’t have stress about elections because our trust and faith are not in governments which are always temporal, but in God who is eternal.

Lord, help me to keep my eyes on You and to trust in Your eternal loving care for us even in our uncertain times.

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