Daily Archives: September 12, 2014

When We Face the Unknown

Like an explorer navigating through uncharted waters, my journey is characterized by deep, featureless oceans of blue accompanied by winds that smack at my face, threatening to take my breath away. Anxiety lingers, constantly reminding me that I’m in an unfamiliar place…and at any point I could screw everything up.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Have you ever felt this way?

In His faithfulness, the Lord has been reminding me that we all face anxiety to varying degrees when traveling through the unfamiliar. We don’t know what to expect. We don’t want to fail. And we feel disappointment if anything does not measure up to our expectations (or the expectations that we believe God or others have of us).

“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.” Lamentations 3:22

Perhaps you can relate to what I feel. As I look around, everything appears new. To me, it is appropriate that the phrase that God has for Keith and I this year is “new beginnings”.

After I fell into the routine of writing daily for His Daily Dose (which took months), God then asked for me to step up as the CEO. My reaction: “Um..exactly what does that mean Lord? His Daily Dose is just a blog.” Unbeknownst to me, He’s had a bigger plan all along, which shouldn’t surprise me. But, it did and still does. He continuously reveals His intentions for this simple site.

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19

Maybe you just took on a new job with a plethora of new responsibilities that require more of you than expected. Maybe you even left a long-standing career to follow Jesus onto the choppy waters in the midst of dangerous winds. Perhaps you just became a mother or a father, and the idea of stewarding an innocent life seems daunting. Perhaps you received a diagnosis of an unexpected illness, and you don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Or maybe you’ve lost a loved one and have no idea how to carry on with life.

Because change is inevitable in this life, we all are almost certain to be facing something new. Believe it or not, this is a healthy part of life. Regardless of what we’re facing, we can take extreme comfort in knowing that Jesus in is in control. Because He is neither limited by time nor by intellect, He knows everything before it ever happens. Jesus is never surprised, and I honestly can’t think of any other person “more trustworthy” to follow than Him.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

“That people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.” Isaiah 45:6-7

As you step out in faith to follow Him, Jesus knows exactly where He is leading you. He knows how to handle those new job responsibilities. He knows how to take care of that sweet newborn. Jesus knows how to start a successful business. Jesus can heal your body (since He designed it). When you seek Him, He’ll show you what to do to steward it well. Jesus can comfort and heal your broken heart, and He alone can be your portion, the Great I AM. He can make up for your loss and guide you in new directions. Yes, Jesus knows how to help you today.

Jesus will always be true to His name: “The True and Faithful”. He will provide all that you need.

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.” Revelation 19:11

In reality, there is never a reason for us to fear or be chronically anxious, because the One who is leading us is never taken off guard. Let that sink in for a moment. Jesus is not surprised by anything because He is not human (even though He came in the form of man to redeem the human race). Jesus is divine.

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10

Beloved, we will never lose out on anything by allowing Jesus to lead us. If we truly long to live a life of purpose without regrets, we must  lean on Jesus. What seems unfamiliar to us is always a well-known path for our Lord and Savior.

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