One of the scariest words I know, UNKNOWN. It emits feelings of anxiety, fear, and nausea. It means that I have no control. No control over where I am going or what will happen when we get there.
I was lamenting to a close friend the other day and a name popped into my head, Abraham.
Abraham was sent to an unknown land. God just told him to pack up and go, then he went. I really wish he had written down his version of the story. I mean, he had to have had some conversations with God about this. “Really God, pack up everything? I know you promised me my own nation, but you told me pack up and start walking to an unknown place. Are you sure?”
Whether or not Abraham had this conversation or not isn’t really the point, I suppose. The point is that he obeyed. He may have had anxiety, fear, and nausea but he went anyway.
At this point, we are waiting for more details to fall into place; confirmation on housing, moving date, and schooling. Details that fall into the category of “unknown”.
Much of our lives are unknown. What IS known?
Psalm 46:10 says “Be still, and know that I am God.”
- Be STILL, be calm. Don’t stress. Don’t worry.
- KNOW that I am God. KNOW with all of your heart and mind.
I think the little word in the middle is the most important: AND.
“Be still AND know” You can’t fully be still without the knowledge that God is God. I can tell myself to calm down, but without the full knowledge that God is in control, my calm is not going to last very long.
On the radio the other day, I heard a great message,
“God’s way becomes plain when we start walking in it.”
So, onward I shall walk, into the unknown.