So, what's the word? Which adjective matches what you feel or think in those situations? The Cole's notes people have already looked at the above title and are wildly waving their arms with the answer. Yes, it is precarious, go to the head of the class.The dictionary blends the pictures I've scripted under one word and defines it as, "dependant on something or someone outside of our control." If that is where you are, then your situation is precarious. It need not be a dangerous situation. The circumstances could help you as much as they could hurt you. But what makes our context precarious, is that we are not in control. We are dependants. So we feel, insecure, unstable, afraid. We don't like being dependant. We prefer to control, to predict, to live with certainty. By nature, we shy away from precarious living. So now comes the shocker.
We are commanded to live precarious lives because we are commanded to pray. Latin scholars (a dying breed) know that the word "prayer" comes from the word "precarious". They are the same word. It's not a linguistic connection I would make on my own, but the sense of both words actually does make sense. When we pray, we are living as dependants. The requests we send heavenward, are out of our control! God is driving the bus. God receives the work of our hands. He can send sunshine or He can deluge with hail. We do not dictate to God. We let go of certainty and grip faith with both hands. We live precariously. So, does prayer feel like chance?
It might, if God was capricious. But He isn't. (another Latin word- another blog) God has proved He is worthy of our trust. His heart is shaped like a Father. His love is proved through the Son. By His Spirit, He is as near to me as air. He invites me to live as if everything that matters to me and even the things that don't - all of it is in His Hands. That is the posture I pray with. What will God do with my prayers? Will there be answers? Can I expect Him to show up? Will my prayers change anything? Will they change me? I cannot offer a guarantee. My situation is precarious. Ironically, that's the safest circumstance to be in.