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Why all the Uncertainty?

The whole human race is living in uncertainty.
The UK is in uncertainty.
Every city, every town, every village, everywhere is in uncertainty.

Uncertainty produces problems – problems that most of us have difficulty in handling.
Being anxious, scared, worrying.
Feeling vulnerable, frail, and alarmed at the smallest thing.
Feeling precarious.
Feeling that every place is hazardous.
Millions are astonished that such disorder can be caused by an invisible thing called a virus.

And millions are asking questions, questions for which there are no absolute answers.
Well, we certainly don’t have answers to all the difficulties. Perhaps we can offer a few helpful comments and possible explanations about some issues.

More to follow, hopefully!

Varying Visibility

The air is not always the same. When our airflow is from the north-west, it is beautifully clear. North Atlantic air is clean. South-east is the opposite as its source is Europe.
Holy Trinity Church stood on its ridge a couple of miles from our former home. Highlighted by the sun, it was a beacon of light.

If a different airflow brought some hazy air, the tower might be only just visible. The next day it could be clearly visible again. Changing visibility is a feature of our English weather, and many of us enjoy its uncertainties!

In our virus-dominated situation many people are having difficulty seeing God. That is especially understandable for those folk who have little or no experience of him.
Be that as it may, many Christians also have not found it easy to ‘see’ God, or to see what he is doing through our present circumstances. Our spiritual vision has become hazy.
Instead of ignoring our present problems, it could be more helpful to be honest with ourselves and cry out to God about them.

More than 200 years ago, William Cowper suffered with bouts of depression. In his hymn, ‘O for a closer walk with God’, he asks honest questions about himself.
      ‘Where is the blessedness I knew when first I sought the Lord?
      Where is the soul-refreshing view of Jesus and his Word?’

King David also was honest about failing to experience God clearly.
     “Why are you cast down, O my soul?
     And why are you disquieted within me?”
Psalm 42:5.

To be honest about ourselves is vital when our relationship with God becomes somewhat confused.

In our present situation many of us urgently need Cowper’s “Soul-refreshing view of Jesus and his Word.”

Can Interruptions be Beneficial?

Eyjafjallajökull.
However could that be, you say.
In 2010, an Icelandic volcano of that name interrupted life in much of the world. And it made people think.
For 6 days much air-travel stopped because of the vast area of volcanic ash. About 20 countries closed their airspace to commercial jet traffic affecting about 10 million travellers.

The clear blue skies with no vapour trails awakened concerns about pollution and its interference with our climate.
Also, the quietness around airports made many realise the curse of noise. That huge burst of volcanic ash made many people question the wisdom of unrestricted jet travel.

At that time in 2010, Adam LeBor commented in a British newspaper, “There is something rather joyous about nature’s triumph over the thin veneer of modern civilization.”
He talked sense.
That interrupting voice of the volcano certainly made people think.
Today we have the interrupting voice of a virus.

Wonderful if such events might be lastingly beneficial!

“The heavens and earth will shake; but the Lord will be a shelter for his people.”
          Joel 3:16

“To you who fear my name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings.”  Malachi 4:2
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