Uncertainty: noun, the condition of being unsure about someone or something.

My level of uncertainty went up a notch today when I walked out to the mail box and found two letters. The first was from my insurance company which will remain unnamed (although its initials are BCBS). They were letting me know that for the second time in the last three years they were doing away with our health insurance policy. This policy will cease to exist on December 31, 2015 and we will not be able to begin doing anything about it until November 1, 2015. Two years ago the aggravation of having to change doctors, hospitals, billing procedures, Primary Care Physicians, etc. will now have to be repeated. I know that we were promised that all the health insurance issues would get better and better with the new regime, but, instead, costs keep going up, quality of care keeps going down, and more and more doctors are leaving their practices or cutting way back on how much they do. It is not all the government’s fault, but a merging of cost conscious insurance companies and inept government bureaucracy is a marriage made in…well, you get the idea.

The second letter that I opened was from my son’s Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor, who he began seeing the last time our insurance policy was cancelled because we couldn’t keep our doctor that we had used for years. He was letting us know that he was retiring. Granted, he is getting on up there in years, but he stated that the reason he had chosen to do so was because “increasingly intrusive health care policies and inhibiting health care regulations, combined with decreasing reimbursements have made it difficult to provide [us] with the health care [we] deserve.”

Honestly, I don’t know what the future holds for us (thus, my uncertainty). I just know that my trust is not in the Federal, State, or local government (whichever party is in power), but in the One who owns the “cattle on a thousand hills.” Whatever comes I am going to keep loving my family, worshiping our Lord at our church, and living day by day by His grace and for His glory. Things have been much worse in the past, and may get much worse in the future, but God’s “grace is always sufficient for [us], for power is perfected in weakness.” My happiness, joy, and contentment must not be determined by my outward circumstances, but by God’s grace strengthening me in my soul.

We must rest in what God’s Word says in Romans 8:35-39:

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written, “For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.



  1. Barry said,

    September 28, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    You may want to check into Samaritan Ministries.

    • cliftonr said,

      September 28, 2015 at 5:16 PM

      We very well may do that.

  2. belindaplsek said,

    September 30, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    That is my absolute favorite scripture.
    Always gives me that miraculous peace God promises us!

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