The Unknown

Not knowing is scary.

Not knowing is unnerving.

Not knowing can make you feel a bit crazy.

Not knowing can make you cry like a baby.

Especially, if you are a baby.

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Exhibit A:  This was my first trip to the ocean.

As you can see from the picture, I was anything but thrilled to be there.  (I may have also been overcome by the fact that a man with seriously unstylish mutton chops (hi dad!) was holding me.  He was going through, what could only be termed as, his Amish phase.)

The point is, I was somewhere I had never been before. I was about to experience something I had never experienced before and I was scared.

I wanted no part in whatever this unknown experience might be.

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As such, on my first visit to the ocean I firmly refused to put my feet in the water.  This was with no small effort considering I clearly had michelin tire baby legs.  Good Lord!

I had no idea how wonderful the ocean could be and the fun I was yet to experience.  All I knew was that it was new, unknown, and therefore, I wanted nothing to do with.  While I now consider the ocean my happy place,  I never would have imagined that at first introduction.

Looking at these pictures has made me wonder what other things I may deem too risky to try.  What other “unknowns” have I refused and what might be on the other side of those decisions?

I have a lot of unknowns in my life right now. I bet you do too.

I don’t know what tomorrow will bring.

I don’t know who I will meet a week from now.

I don’t know what I will be doing a month from now.

I don’t know where I am supposed to be a year from now.

There are so many areas of my life and future that remain unknown.  The challenge I face daily is whether or not I will allow the myriad of unknowns to stop me from moving forward.  I daily, sometimes even moment by moment, have to choose to step out in faith and believe that God has good things in store for my future.

One of my all time favorite songs (and one we sing at church often) is called Oceans.  It paints this picture of the tension between trust and risk so perfectly.  I love the first line of the song depicted below.

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You see it’s in those moments of uncertainty where we are presented with a choice.  We can choose to trust that God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do and step out into the unknown OR we can choose to set up shop in our comfort zone.  We often think that the riskier of the two options is the first, but I’m convinced that the greater risk lies with the second.

I have a sneaking suspicion that some of the greatest joys of my life still lie on the other side of the greatest unknowns.  The greatest relationships of my life lie on the other side.  The greatest triumphs just beyond the unknown.

The same is true for you.

There is so much good in store for you.  Don’t settle for good enough where you are.  What’s on the other side of your unknowns will be so worth the risk of taking that first step or dipping that toe in the water.

Come on in!  The water’s fine.

 

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14 Comments on The Unknown

  1. donzwebb
    April 24, 2014 at 1:26 AM (4 years ago)

    Love this post, Hannah! It pretty much sums up how I’m feeling right now. Thanks for sharing. And I love that quote.:) xo

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    • lovealwayshannah
      April 24, 2014 at 6:27 PM (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much Donna! Hope you are doing well and that you found some encouragement from this. I know there are good things in store for you! XOXO

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  2. Martha
    April 24, 2014 at 11:15 AM (4 years ago)

    Wow, you hit the nail right on the head here for me (& I’m sure so many others!). Thanks for sharing!!!!

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    • lovealwayshannah
      April 24, 2014 at 6:28 PM (4 years ago)

      Thank YOU for reading & sharing! You are such an encouragement to me Martha! XOXO

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  3. Chris Keeler
    April 24, 2014 at 12:06 PM (4 years ago)

    Great word Hannah! What I have been feeling in my heart over the last 6 months.

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    • lovealwayshannah
      April 24, 2014 at 6:28 PM (4 years ago)

      So glad it was an encouragement Chris! Thanks for reading!

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  4. bethanypisani
    April 24, 2014 at 4:52 PM (4 years ago)

    This is so good & true Hann! Thanks for sharing!

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    • lovealwayshannah
      April 24, 2014 at 6:29 PM (4 years ago)

      Thank you for reading & for sharing! You mean the world to me. XOXO

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  5. Tarnesha
    April 25, 2014 at 10:09 PM (4 years ago)

    Hannah:
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    You’re in my life right now!! Geesh, this is Exactly what’s happen to me this year! I’ve been faced to choose the two options you mentioned and I battled between being comfortable or stepping out on FAITH!! As of this week (to be exact) we, my husband and I choose to step out on what we believe is God speaking and we have so many unknowns…
    I don’t know anything and I’m scared but I trust God!!
    I’m often reminded of when God told Abraham to go to the land He has prepared for him…This scripture keeps me encouraged because Abraham didn’t know all the instructions (I’m sure there was a lot of unknown) but he obeyed and that’s where the power is in this thing called Faith. Thank you for encouraging me even more as I walk in this next season of my life of the “unknown” I’m in great expectation because
    God is Faithful!!
    God Bless you!! 🙂

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    • lovealwayshannah
      April 25, 2014 at 10:22 PM (4 years ago)

      Hi Tarnesha! I’m so glad that this was encouraging. I know God has amazing things in store for you as you step out and trust him. I can’t wait to hear about what he unfolds on this adventure. Sending big hugs your way! Thanks for reading! XOXO

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