Maintaining Faith in Times of Uncertainty
“Faith is the art of holding on to things in spite of your changing moods and circumstances.”
Social interactions, hygiene habits, and style of worship are just three of many aspects of our daily lives the COVID-19 pandemic has changed. This shift in lifestyle leaves us with many unanswered questions. What will the future look like, personally and on a societal level?
As a class of 2020 high-school grad, I’ve had to make decisions about university without really knowing what life will look like this fall. The transition from high school to university is a pivotal time in one’s life, and the added uncertainty of COVID-19 has been difficult to cope with.
In addition to the uncertainty, the pandemic also makes me feel frustrated and helpless—not only because of my own circumstances, but also the circumstances of those more severely impacted. Many of these things are beyond my control, and although I do what I can, I still wish I could help others more. This is something I think many people can relate to as we all continue to pray, abide by public health guidelines, and patiently wait for things to improve.
These feelings can make it difficult to maintain our faith, but I have come to understand that the best thing we can do in these trying times is turn to God.
Jeremiah 29:11 states, “I alone know the plans I have for you. Plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.” It tells us God is the only one who knows what the future holds.
It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious and uncertain about the future, but we just have to keep doing what we feel is right, and keep trusting that He is in control. Having faith in God and knowing that His intentions are good has provided me with a great deal of solace as well as assurance in my decisions.
Even though it has yet to reveal itself, there is a divine plan for our lives and for the world. Holding this sentiment has helped me deal with the upsetting circumstances and emotions involved with this pandemic. I hope it can be just as beneficial to others.
By Jessica Puistonen