Christian Living

Fear of What You Can’t See

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There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love adventure, spontaneity, and don’t own a planner. And those who plan everything, love lists, and own a planner (or two!). If you’re anything like me, you’re somewhere in the middle. My weeks are written out in my planner, special events/trips are planned out for (and maybe even packed for) weeks in advance, and I love lists. But I am getting better at being up for spontaneity, going on last-minute adventures, and altering plans. However, when it comes to the actual unknown, I dislike the idea. Because I think there’s a difference between adventure & treachery. Adventure, though spontaneous, is mostly predictable. The unknown, however, can be more treacherous. Adventure is temporary. “Let’s go do this thing and then come back to normalcy.” There’s comfort in the return, I think. Walking into the unknown, that’s more dangerous! There’s no time limit on it, it’s a future you’re completely blind to! But if we are going to enjoy what’s on the other side of that unknown, we have to trust that God will carry us through it.

If you think about it, there are certain situations where the unknown excites people. Take surprises, for example. Some surprises are shocking, while some we know of ahead of time, just not what they are. Surprises don’t scare us that much because we trust the people that are giving them. If they know us well, then they are going to give a good surprise that we will like! Mysteries excite people! It’s when we’re comfortable, and a change is approaching that will take us out of that comfort zone, that we dislike the unknown. We live in a culture of comfort, but the culture we are called to, the Kingdom of Heaven culture, is quite the opposite. Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 16:24-25,

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

We are called to give up our lives and leave behind what we know, comfort, to follow Jesus.

I love this verse that God spoke over Joshua:

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9.

God promised the protection of Joshua and the Israelites as they crossed the Jordan River to take possession of the Promised Land. Joshua was told what to do, and led the Israelites, but he did not know everything. It is a rare thing for God to give His people a detailed description of what’s ahead. Sometimes we get to know parts of it, like Joshua knew that the main task was to march around the wall of Jericho, but we do not get to see the final result. We have to choose to trust God with whatever we encounter, because He can see all that we cannot.

One of the reasons I think comfort is so important to us is because we believe we have control. If we are comfortable in our lives, living day to day predictably, chances are we feel like we have pretty good control over what happens to us. But anyone who has experienced unexpected loss can tell you that we have less control than we believe. We have to choose to let go of control, lean into Jesus, and follow Him. It all comes back to trust. If we trust Him, let’s walk that out by giving Him the things we hold most dear.

Maybe you’re wishing you could just see what’s around the corner, then you’d be willing to step out in faith. Let’s choose today to let go of control, step out of comfort, and follow Jesus as He calls us. Wherever, whenever, however, and with whomever. He is good and He will be with you wherever you go.

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