Most of us woke up on Friday morning profoundly shocked by the news that we, the British electorate, had chosen to leave the EU. Irrespective of which way we voted, few predicted the result or anticipated what it would feel like. Many of us, across the leave-remain divide, are now somewhat fearful about what this will mean for our country. This is a perfectly natural reaction to what, even if it turns out to our benefit in the long run, is undoubtedly a dramatic leap into the unknown.
No doubt you, like me, will have been wondering what it means for you personally. My summer holiday, for which I'd only got round to booking the flights, will now cost more. What will happen to my friends who live in Italy? And so on. We who are engaged in working on the Go + Grow project are asking similar questions about the Brexit implications for the project. Will construction costs go up? Will property values fall? It feels like the project, that was already incredibly challenging, just got another layer of complexity added to it.
On Friday (referendum results day) Psalm 77:10-20 was a set text in our St Bs bible reading plan. After both the events and the weather of the previous couple of days, verses 17-19 sprung out to me:
17 The clouds poured down rain; the thunder rumbled in the sky. Your arrows of lightning flashed. 18 Your thunder roared from the whirlwind; the lightning lit up the world! The earth trembled and shook. 19 Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty water – a pathway no one knew was there!
Certainly we as a country are now setting off on an uncharted pathway. However, we easily forget that God knew the referendum result before the first vote was cast. He is not surprised or taken off his guard. His plans and purposes for us haven’t suddenly been derailed. If we put our trust in our political leaders we are sure to be let down, but if instead we, by faith, lean into God then we have nothing to fear.