I’ve written on UNKNOWN before (https://thestufflifeismadeofblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/10/unknown-day-10-write-31-days/) about the change in roles that my dad’s dementia brought us and I ended the piece with these words:
‘This is unknown territory. Let me walk it well.’
And it strikes me that the future is all unknown. Whatever plans we make, it is all DV, God willing.
I look back on the twists and turns of the last year and realise I could never have predicted the opportunities gained and lost, the triumphs and disasters, the blessings and the burdens. Assumption of the way forward is a risky and arrogant approach to life.
Yesterday I wrote in the Association of Christian Writers’ blog (http://morethanwriters.blogspot.com/2019/11/looking-back-looking-forward-by-liz.html) about what I would tell my nine year old self. And in the process, I realised what a rich life I have led, the details of which my younger self would never have imagined or believed.
It’s so easy to equate the unknown with fear and loss. It’s especially easy for me at the moment as I am on long term sick leave. But writing that piece made me see how the future can be equally unimaginably wonderful and fulfilling.
Donald Rumsfeld famously talked about ‘known knowns’, ‘known unknowns’ and ‘unknown unknowns’. The things we know that we know, the things we know that we don’t know, and the things that we don’t realise that we don’t know.
We often go about life thinking the future is a ‘known unknown’ or even a ‘known known’ when it’s really an ‘unknown unknown’.
Only God know the details of the future. It’s His job to do the planning not ours.
‘” For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “plans to prosper you, to give you hope and a future.”’
It’s our job to listen for the whispers of His guidance and trust Him, however the circuitous or mountainous the route, to walk us home.
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