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Well, this morning, we’re going to tie up this five-week series dealing with some of life’s more challenging questions. And I’ve got to tell you, I’m a little nervous about this particular message, and I say that for three reasons. I mean, first, after winning four straight national championships and 111 straight games, Friday night the Uconn Lady Huskies lost to Mississippi State, a team they beat 98-38 last year, which means we’ve entered the end times and anything can happen. And second, this is my last message before Palm Sunday and Easter, which means a lot may be riding on what I say today. But the third and by far the most important reason I’m a little tense is that, yesterday afternoon, when she came to change the sign, our sweet, upbeat, cheerful Heather Campbell said to me, “The sermon tomorrow better be good.” Yikes. And so the pressure’s on.
In other words, when it feels as though we’re looking at ourselves and what we’re facing and we’re doing that wearing prescription glasses that are way, and I’m talking about way too strong, when that’s what we feel is happening, we may have to come to grips with the fact that that just may be the way it is. I mean, like it or not, we live in a world that lacks clarity, a world of changes that we don’t like, a world of mysteries we don’t understand. And no matter how hard we try to figure it out or pray that God explain it to us, man, we may never have the answers we may want to life’s most challenging questions. I’m sorry, but that’s just the way it is.
But even though that may be true, I believe there’s something we can do about it. And even though it’s not going to provide the neat and clean answers we may want, it may enable us to live in a world where things often seem a little obscure and ambiguous and confused. You see, I think we can accept God’s words from the whirlwind and live in a world that lacks clarity, if we can keep our focus on three things, and let me briefly share with you what they are.