Finding Light at the End of the Tunnel During Uncertainty

There Is Hope for Uncertainty

There is always going to be a sense of fear and uncertainty about the unknowns in life. But there will be times and seasons of life when our uncertainty is heightened by a difficult experience, or by what’s going on in the world around us.

If you’re feeling uncertain, you don’t have to be ashamed of those feelings. But if uncertainty and fear are overwhelming you and making it difficult for you to live your life and take care of yourself, it’s time for a shift in your mindset.

Here’s what helps me remember that, even when the unknowns seem to be stacking up around me, there’s still light at the end of the tunnel.

How to Find Hope When Life Is Uncertain

I’ve Made It Through Hard Things Before. 

Think back on your life up to this point. Chances are that this time of uncertainty isn’t the first difficult thing you’ve had to face. Yet, you made it through every difficulty you’ve faced to this point.  That means there’s a very good chance you’ll make it through this time, too.

I am Loved by God and Others.

There’s one thing that doesn’t change, no matter how much is changing around us. God loves us no matter what, and He will never abandon us. Does nature remind you of God’s love? If so, spend some time admiring the sunrise one morning. 

If you have a friend whose kindness builds your faith and restores your hope, check-in with them from time to time. Let them know how you’re doing and ask them what steps they’re taking to stay hopeful.

I Can Slow Down

Sometimes, when there’s nothing you can do, or when you’re waiting for the next steps to become clear, you have no choice but to stop for a while. While this doesn’t mean you feel better about everything, this time of slowing down can be a gift.

Use it as an opportunity to ground yourself emotionally by doing things that make you feel at peace, like journaling, taking a walk, reading your favorite book, or meditating. Remember to unplug from the 24-hour news cycle during these quiet times. Constant exposure to stressors from a never-ending newsfeed often fuels and compounds our anxiety.

I Don’t Need to Have All the Answers

Sometimes, I get stuck in feelings of fear and uncertainty because I feel like I should know more or have a better idea of what to do next. But the truth is, none of us needs to have all the answers to move forward during a time of uncertainty. We can focus on what we need to do each day, take time for ourselves, and stay grounded in our faith until we know more about how to proceed.

And we’re never alone. There are always friends, family members, and loved ones we can turn to for help. For extra support, counseling and mentoring are great options.

The good news is you are already in a supportive community. TheHopeLine offers online mentoring and other resources to help you cope with fear and anxiety. Talk to a HopeCoach today about the uncertainty you’re feeling and find the support you need to be more hopeful about the future. We are here to listen, and we’re all in this together. 

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Dawson McAllister
Dawson McAllister, also known as America's youth pastor, was an author, radio host, speaker, and founder of TheHopeLine. McAllister attended Bethel College in Minnesota for undergraduate work where he graduated in 1968, began graduate studies at Talbot School of Theology in California, and received an honorary doctorate from Biola University.
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