What do we do in a world of uncertainty?

by Zoe A. Choo

Just two days back, I was invited to attend a creative talk organised by MAD School and which really got my inner desire to blog on overdrive – like omg there is so much to write about! Yet if I were to really write every bit of my thought process here, which is also impossible to do so, even if I were to get close, I’d deviate from the goal of bringing out an essence of just a minute topic.

SEE I WAS DOING IT AGAIN.

Alright back to the point, Calvin Soh, the speaker, shared this thing about our world that is very true, (well he shared a lot of things that were really true), but this hit me. The one about the 5-year plan – the whole plan where do you see yourself in 5 years, what’s your plan on getting there, how are you going to do it, blah blah. Yes that, and Calvin mentioned it should most probably be achieved in a year. That totally popped the bubble of my personal dreams of opening a primal/paleo restaurant in Singapore in about 5 years, because, as much as the steady increase of health fanatics everywhere, due to Singapore’s privileged and educated foundations, and despite the paleo community has been going strong, how many others would have caught what I caught or pivoted their F&B business to a more favourable market such as this? Like omg that’s true.

He also said that with the advancement of technology, how sure are we that the job we have, or are going to have, will still be required. A smartphone camera with photo editors and filters makes almost anyone a good enough photographer and honestly, I can’t argue much with that. The gap between highly skilled, professional photographers and well, photographers gets smaller each time a better photography app comes up on the market. What’s more, showcasing our fairly awesome photos boils down to even a matter of seconds, (yah I tried #nofilter #shortcaption #justonehashtag #instagram #linkedtofacebookandtwitter)

So in this day and age, especially in Singapore where even introverts get their fair share of glory, where personality is highly valued, where obedience is also highly valued, what then sets the standard? Or worse, what if in the midst of our plans, a catastrophe hits and ruins the plan like a hurricane hitting a town, uprooting trees, wrecking houses into pieces and vomiting cars from its spins?

What then?

Character.

What made all of the famous, world-shakers and history-makers, world-shakers and history-makers? It wasn’t just any character, because everyone has a character. It is a character much of which was shaped out of experience – mostly not good. After all, a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

In life, when we fail, we fail forward. Quote John C. Maxwell.

So, I came home that night and had a little chat with my brother about our day and he coincidentally shared with me a verse he was curious about from Romans 5:3-4 which reads “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” And he asked, “Why hope?” 

I am not very wise, and I have only lived 21 years by far, but I am thankful to be a part of City Harvest Church whom also glory in tribulation, and through whatever this church has been going through for about 4 years now, and what she had endured before, truly, she has persevered, and yes out of all of this, we’ve bred in character. We are okay with persecutions, with sufferings, because we know, that our God will always save, because we know that at the end of our tribulations, the glory that will be revealed will be far greater. And that, is the hope we have. That is hope.

And then it reads in verse 5, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” And as much as I seem like a failure in the eyes of society, as  much as life throws at me, because hope does not disappoint, because of love of God has been poured out into our hearts, by the Holy Spirit who was given to us, through the complete work of the cross, I am still as joyful as can be, Nick Vujicic is still out there inspiring so many lives, and City Harvest Church is still standing, strong as ever. #TYJ

It is so amazing to know that literally NOTHING, can separate us from the love of God – because despite what we are going through, God has it all under control. We might think we’re responsible for amending our own mistakes and try to do what we think fits, the debt has already been paid.

Back to the point, what then, do we do when the unexpected wrecker of intended life plans happen?

Well, getting insurance is a yes but doesn’t cover everything, especially not failures. So, we persevere.

In whatever day or age, in the past, in the future, here’s a truth – that character is matured from perseverance, that was matured from a tribulation. And when we have character – that is maturing in Christ-likeness, no matter where we are in life, whether or not we failed our finals, failed our business, failed our loved ones, failed a blood test, or whatever calamity that happens, there is always hope – and hope does not disappoint. That is the best and the most perfect insurance a child of God has.

This is our God.

 

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