*HONEST POST WARNING*
There will come a point in your life when you don’t know what to do.
My husband and I both like to know stuff. I like to have a plan, to know what’s going to happen next. My husband likes to know he’s always right. Haha. We’re both stubborn.
Last night, we had an um, discussion. In 16 years of marriage, we’ve had a lot of “discussions”. But the feelings we bury and the issues we face are much deeper now than when we first got married. And we both said things, that even though needed to be said, were still crushing nonetheless. I love my husband and I know he loves me. But there was a point that hopelessness overwhelmed me; when we just didn’t know what else to say. What else to do. Except weep together and cry out to God for help. There are things we don’t know. Decisions we don’t know how to make. A future that is uncertain. A lot that is unknown. We don’t know the next step.
After all is said and done, we’re stronger for what we’ve been through, but the one thing we know is that we just don’t really know. Before I fell asleep, I read this quote:
Noah didn’t know what rain was or what an ark was, but he knew who God was. – Dr. Joe Arthur
That hit me so hard. We have read the basic Bible stories so many times that we forget just how much faith these saints had. It had never rained. How could Noah believe something was going to happen that had never happened? How in the world would Noah know what an ark was or how to even build something that large? And waterproof? And safe, that would float? No wonder everyone laughed him to scorn. But Noah didn’t have to know all that.
He just needed to know God.
He just needed to know that God would make it rain when the ark was safe and ready for his family. He just needed to trust that God would show Him how to build an ark big enough to hold all those animals. He just needed to know God would carry them through the storm. He just needed to believe that God was going to continue being faithful when the storm was over and they’d have to start all over.
We don’t have to have all the answers. We don’t have to know what we’re going to do. Where we’re going to go. What our next step is. It’s ok that we don’t know.
We just need to know God.
And you know what? We do.
We’ve known Him as our saving Grace. We’ve known His forgiveness. We’ve known how far He went to set us free.
We’ve known Him during happy times. During laughter. During the easy, care-free times. The times when our future stretched out sure and bright and exciting before us.
But we’ve also known Him through the darkest storms we’ve ever been through. We’ve felt His hand grip us to keep us from drowning. We’ve known Him through the tears. The doubts and fear. We’ve stood on Him when everything else around us fell. We’ve leaned on His everlasting arms and knew the peace and rest we found there. We’ve known Him while facing an unknown future.
We just need to know that God will come through when He needs to. We just need to trust that He will show us when to take the next step and what the next step is. We just need to know that God will carry us through this storm and He will continue to be faithful when the storm is over.
Sometimes, I don’t know exactly what it will look like to trust Jesus. Will it seem ridiculous? It did for Noah.
I don’t know what Jesus is going to ask me to do. But He asked Noah to build something He’d never built to keep His family safe from something He’d never seen.
But I know whatever it is that He asks of me, He loves me. And I know how far His love goes.
I don’t know what the future holds for me. Where this road we are walking on is going to lead. But I know we’ve never had to walk it alone.
Life doesn’t make sense. But it doesn’t have to. Because I know who Jesus is. And it makes sense to Him.
There’s a lot you may not know. But do you know Jesus? He’s really all you need and all you need to know.
If you don’t, I’d love to be the one to introduce you to the dearest and closest friend you’ll ever find.
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
Words and music ©️ Faith York 2019