Back in September of 2011, China placed the craft into orbit. However, Chinese officials now say Tiangong-1 ceased operating two years ago, is out of fuel, and cannot be controlled by teams on the ground.
While no one knows for sure where Tiangong-1 will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere, some scientists believe the craft is likely to fall over the United States. Experts say Tiangong-1 will likely break up into small debris, but some pieces could weigh as much as 220 pounds.
The good news is this: authorities believe the odds of a piece of Tiangong-1 landing on you are one in a trillion. Still, news about Tiangong-1, which is as large as a school bus and as heavy as nine tons, can make you want to duck and cover.
The uncertainty surrounding Tiangong-1 reminds us that everyone prefers a “heads up” about what is coming next.
We live in an age where we can get up-to-the-minute weather forecasts and turn-by-turn driving directions on our mobile phones. No wonder our tolerance for ambiguity is low.
Uncertainty makes faith challenging.
Right now, I can think of at least three situations in my life where I am uncertain about what the future holds. Perhaps you, too, are facing an uncertain future:
– Maybe you’re a college student who will graduate soon and have no idea about what you’ll do next.
– Perhaps your job was just eliminated.
– Maybe you’re moving to a new community where you do not know anyone.
– A severe medical diagnosis may leave the future unknown.
– You may even wonder where your next meal will come from.
When our daughter had her first seizure, seven years ago this month, uncertainty took hold of my calendar. I never knew when the next seizure would strike. One moment Elle would be playing happily on the driveway; the next she was seizing uncontrollably.
In times like those, I found myself leaning closer into our Heavenly Father – the only One who knows the future.
I love what God’s word says in Matthew 6:34 MSG: “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
Though Elle no longer has seizures, other fears challenge my faith.
Here is a tip that helps me when life feels uncertain:
When you focus on producing fruit for the Kingdom of God while you wait to know your next step, life is more fun. While we can plan for tomorrow, we can’t live tomorrow until it arrives. Therefore, we need to use the gifts He’s given us to help someone today.
John Lennon once wrote, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
So, while we’re waiting to see what falls from the sky between now and April 2, let’s get busy seeking God and doing our best for His kingdom.
Laura Lacey Johnson is a cutting-edge faith and culture writer who focuses on everyday headlines. In addition to speaking, she is a columnist for Christian Headlines.com. To read Laura’s latest work on the headlines, visit www.lauralaceyjohnson.com, or to download your FREE copy of Why Jerusalem is Important to 3 World Religions, subscribe to her blog here.
Publication date: March 28, 2018