Into the Unknown
Sometimes I’d like to be able to predict the future. To know what lies ahead. To be able to see what’s coming. And what’s not. I think it might somehow bring me a greater sense of security, give me the confidence I need to step into whatever is next.
On the other hand, I’m pretty sure if I had seen some of the things that I’ve lived ahead of time, I would have just plain quit. Given up.
We all want to be in control, don’t we? I know I do. I want to see what’s coming, but really only in an effort to somehow control it. Avoid the pain. Secure joy and good fortune. As if I can make a life for myself that is free from suffering.
The stark reality, however, is that we just can’t. We can’t even see the future, let alone control its outcome. Sure, our choices can determine some of the trajectory of the way things will go, but there is no guarantee for any of it.
Essentially, our future is unknown.
Several months ago I was praying through some big rocks in my life, wondering what was coming. It all seemed so big, looming in front of me. My anxiety was reeling and I begged God to show me something.
In that moment, I sense God simply whispering, “I know you don’t know what’s ahead, but tell me what you do know.”
So I began thinking a little differently. What do I know?
So I wrote in my journal, “Wherever we go, THIS I know…” And a list of things I know—without a doubt—about our God poured over the pages of my journal.
I want to share some of those “knowings” with you and help you to create your own list as you stare down your unknown future.
Corrie Ten Boom once said, “Never be afraid to trust your unknown future to a known God.” Our God has made himself known. He is found in the pages of Scripture. He reveals himself in creation. He allows us to experience His essence through life in community. He shows up and shows off. While He certainly isn’t explainable, He has made himself known.
When we fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, instead of our unknown future, worry dissipates. Anxiety melts. Hope solidifies. Faith grows. Life changes.
Sure, the pain and suffering still comes, but what we do with it is different because we are different.
There is no reason to fear our unknown future when we walk with a known God.
So, let’s walk together as we remind one another who it is who goes before us.
Beginning June 6th, join me as we journey through a four-week Bible study called "This I Know." We'll be looking at truths about who God is as we step confidently into our unknown futures.
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