Faith in the face of an uncertain future

Dear Kianna,
I’m having trouble planning for the coming year when there are so many unknowns — any advice?
– Anxious

Dear Anxious,
Your question will likely resonate with everyone right now. Our whole world is carrying the same cross as we continue to endure and navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. It can feel like the future is completely up in the air as many of our plans, jobs and events now depend on the state of the virus. It may seem as if this virus is controlling us, pulling us in various directions and leaving our world in distress, confusion and ashes.

In all this suffering, pain and uncertainty, we are spiritually united through the cross. You’re right — there are so many unknowns right now. But this element of uncertainty connects directly to the spiritual life. Think about it: Our faith in Christ is the “evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1), and most of us will never “physically” see Christ during our earthly lives. And yet we believe that our Lord truly offers himself to us in the Eucharist as the nourishment we need to go out and transform the world through our daily love.

So this is my invitation to you. Sit with the unknowns. Sit with the cross. Tune in to your emotions and discern your thoughts with our Lord in prayer. Do not be afraid — you are not alone! This pandemic can help us to connect to the heart of our faith and live in the present! None of us is promised tomorrow, so all we have is today — this very moment to live and love. Whenever you feel anxious or your mind starts wandering about the future, think back to our faith and what it means to be fully present in the moment.

Above all, remember that God is in control! We may never fully understand his will or plans, but with faith, we can trust that all things point to Christ. We have not been defeated. The coronavirus does not have ultimate power over us. In Christ, we stand tall, knowing that we have already won. As we continue to bear this cross together, I urge you to lift this suffering to the Heavenly Father and know that greater light will be shown.

Here are a few lines from a poem I recently wrote about the pandemic:

Although the world seems silent,
A stronger voice is to be heard
Rising among the ashes,
For we have much to be told.

Something profound is brewing
Amid this very cross
Our steadfast Lord is faithful
We need to listen up.

Beyond the madness of pain
Beyond the scattered lies
Beyond our own temptations
Lie these three very lines:

“Be still and know that I am God”
“Be still and know that I am God”
“Be still and know that I am God”

God bless!

Northwest Catholic - December 2020

Kianna Garmanian

Kianna Garmanian is the youth minister at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell. Send your questions to [email protected]

Kianna Garmanian es Ministra para Jóvenes en la Parroquia Santa Elizabeth Ann Seton de Bothell. Envíe sus preguntas a [email protected].