If you are anything like me, you prefer knowing what’s going on to being clueless. Whoever said, “Ignorance is bliss” should have their head examined. Ignorance is not bliss; ignorance is frustrating! I don’t just like to know what’s going on, I like details. I like knowing what’s going to happen, how it’s going to happen, and why it’s going to happen. When I have details, I can know what to expect, and I can be prepared. Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of having details for most of the things that will happen in my life.
I have no idea what the next few years will hold, let alone what will happen in five years or ten years. Sometimes, it drives me crazy, and I start “if planning”—“If this happens, then this–if that doesn’t happen, then this. If this happens, then this.” I want a plan. I’ve just entered a new season in life—I’ve graduated with an AA from CBC, I’ve moved back home, am working as my church’s secretary, and will be working to finish my Bachelor’s in the fall; yet, I find myself nervous already because I don’t know what the next season will hold after this season is over.
Wouldn’t it be incredible to have a list of directions or a list of each and every step to take? But life doesn’t work like that. Abraham’s certainly didn’t. Hebrews 11:8 says, “By faith, Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” The key is, “By faith.” In Genesis 12:1-3, God told Abraham (Abram at that point), “Leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” If I was Abraham, I can’t help but think, I would have said, “Which land? When will you show me? Can you just show me now so that I know where I’m going?” But Abraham didn’t do that. Genesis 12: 4 says, “So Abram left, as the Lord had told him…”
As Christians, life is a life of faith. The same God who we trust for eternal life is the same God we trust for our earthly lives. I may not know what is going to happen in the next three years, but based on what I have already seen in my life, I know that God will continue to lead and to go before me. Because I don’t know what is going to happen, I have the awesome opportunity to trust God and watch to see what He has in store. In the times that I feel like I need to “if plan”, I have to stop and remind myself to take one step, one season at a time. Are you living by faith? Or are you still trying to be in control? Are you trusting God for the things that you don’t know? Or are you worrying?