Life Is Far From Certain, But Jesus Is

Corrie Ten Boom wrote, “When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.”

In her journal kept during her cancer years, my wife Nanci reflected about life’s uncertainty:

“Lord, I don’t know what’s ahead of me on this earth. Even the plans which are made change—almost daily. Uncertainty has always been difficult for me to handle. I like knowing what’s going on and what will be happening. I want to be aware of what I am getting into. My cancer journey has never been predictable. We think we know what to expect, and then something else happens.

“But you, O Lord, are “certain and predictable.” Your character never changes. I can always count on you to act according to my best interests. Always.

“Which is better: knowing and controlling exactly what my accommodations are in the train car I am in, but not knowing the destination? Or not knowing or controlling my accommodations, but knowing who does and what my destination will be?!”

We don’t know what lies ahead in life, but our sovereign God does. What comfort! May we trust Jesus for what’s ahead each day—and with what’s ahead forever.

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Randy Alcorn
Randy Alcorn

Randy Alcorn is the author of over 60 books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.