I challenged myself recently to study books of the Bible I’ve never read before. It’s actually crazy how many of them there are too, I didn’t realize that I focus so much on the common books like Psalms or Genesis or the Gospels. Obviously those books are amazing too, but if I’m going to proclaim the Bible as My Truth & The Ultimate Truth, I want to be as educated on it as possible, ya know?
I read through Hosea recently, thanks to some inspiration from my favorite book “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers (read it, SO freaking good). And right now I’m working on Habakkuk cause I mean it has a really sick name and I heard someone mention it a little bit ago. Anywhoooo, I found this GEM of a verse while reading it the other day:
Habakkuk 1:5 “Look among the nations and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.”
This toooootally knocked my socks off when I read it!!!
For a little context, the verses before this one consisted of Habakkuk (who was a prophet) complaining to God that He wasn’t fulfilling His promises, and then verse 5 is the beginning of the Lord’s answer to said complaint. I don’t know about you, but it seems like a pretty baller answer to me! I’ve definitely had moments of complaining to God and His answer is almost always full of redirection and reminders that He’s got it allllll under control. Almost always it just has to do with me not being patient in God’s timing. Instead of trying to convince us why His plan is best God asks us to trust Him in the unknown. Yikes, that ‘t’ word gets us sometimes, doesn’t it?! It sounds so much more appetizing to just KNOW what’s going to happen, but this last week I have been learning to find joy in the unknown. It is a beautiful, challenging, and divine place to be. It can be overwhelming FOR SURE, but it also forces me (in the best way possible) to wholeheartedly trust God and believe that He knows best.
I’ll give you a specific example… I am currently on day 6 of being a Summer Staffer at UCYC (United Christian Youth Camp) in Prescott, AZ. I will be here for 3 months serving Jesus by loving on thousands of kiddos who will attend camps here. Ever since I found out I got this job I have been ecstatic about it and started prepping for the summer of a lifetime. There have no doubt been times of uncertainty though. I got emotional thinking about all the people I am going to miss while I’m gone, and there were times where I felt extremely underprepared. I knew for a fact, however, that UCYC was where God wanted me this summer and those moments of doubt were attacks from the devil trying to keep me from God’s best. But nothing is stronger than the power of our Lord and Savior!! Life is not perfect and won’t always meet our expectations, but by thriving in the unknown we can turn our struggles into opportunities for growth. I encourage you to search for the unknown areas in your life and ask God to come along side and walk with you through this situation. & Trust Him.