Trusting Your Unknown Future to A Known God

 

This post is an excerpt from Laura's book, “This I Know: Trusting Your Unknown Future to A Known God” (Moody Publishers, 2018).

 

In our chaotic culture, worry and anxiety measure at an all-time high. So much of what swirls around us is out of our control. Plans failed. Dreams shattered. Relationships broken. The news rages every time it grabs our attention. Everyday, ordinary life isn’t so ordinary anymore. Optimism fades and fear flourishes.

            Through it all, we long for hope. We long for freedom from the uninvited, worrisome thoughts that take over. We want something different, something else, something more holy. But how do we do that when our circumstances aren’t changing any time soon?

            We all desire 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—to somehow avoid the pain. To secure joy and good fortune as if I can create a life free from suffering for myself and those I love.

A stark, harsh reality exists. Seeing the future isn’t possible. We know this reality, but it doesn’t keep us from trying, does it? We cannot control what will come. We cannot sidestep struggle.  Sure, our choices can determine the trajectory of things at times, but there is no guarantee for any of it.

Our future is unknown.

Several months ago, I was praying through some big obstacles in my life, wondering what was coming. Change swirled around me at a rate I couldn’t control. It all seemed so insurmountable, looming in front of me. My anxiety reeled. I begged God to show me something. Anything. I wrote phrase after phrase listing all the things I just didn’t know as I pleaded for some answers.

In that moment, I sensed the Holy Spirit whispering, “I know you don’t know what’s ahead. So, tell me what you do know.”

What do I know?

I thought about it for a moment and began to write in my journal, “Wherever we go, THIS I know…” A list of things I know—without a doubt—about our God poured over the pages of my journal. A list of things I had come to know by repeatedly experiencing them. A list of things proven true.

You love me. So much. You see me and know how you put me together for the road ahead and behind and right now. For the first time in my life, I know this and I am grateful.

You have a plan and the plan is good. I trust you, Jesus. I know this and I am grateful.

You are good. Always. I know this and I am grateful.

You are for me. You fight for me when I can’t fight for myself. I know this and I am grateful.

You never change. You are constant, unwavering, loyal, faithful. I know this and I am grateful.

You are redeeming and restoring everything. I know this and I am grateful.

You will lead me. I will hear Your voice telling me which way to go. I know this and I am grateful.

Corrie Ten Boom once said, “Never be afraid to trust your unknown future to a known God.” Our God 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 quite regularly if only we pay enough attention. 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.

Of course, the pain and suffering still comes, but what we do with it—in the midst of it—is different because we are different. Our view of God is different. Sure, fear rears its ugly head, but it doesn’t grip us like it once did. It no longer paralyzes us. There is no reason to fear our unknown future when we walk with and are carried into it by a known God.

 

This post is an excerpt from Laura's book, “This I Know: Trusting Your Unknown Future to A Known God” (Moody Publishers, 2018).