Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
–Corrie Ten Boom
…that scary unknown place that represents a mystery to us. We just can’t quite see beyond the veil of time to what awaits us in the shadows on the other side.
Strangely, much of what we do in life is predicated on this future of which we have NO knowledge. “We’ll talk tomorrow in class.” “I’m going to Banff for the weekend so I have to get this project finished today.” “I’m not getting a summer job this year because I’ve applied for a course in Oxford, England, and will be away all summer.”
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.” James 4:13, 14a NIV
I think part of our problem with the future is it’s unpredictability. We humans like to be able to plan. When illness or accident or strife suddenly appears, we are faced with not only the strife but also the blunt and painful knowledge that WE are not in control. That the unknown future is truly unknown.
The quote at the top of this post was made by a Dutch woman by the name of Corrie Ten Boom.
If you don’t know anything about Corrie Ten Boom then you need to read her book, The Hiding Place. To really understand the amazing-ness of her above statement you have to know where she walked.
Here’s a quick summary–Corrie was a Christian who was born in the late 1800s in Amsterdam. She and her family helped many Jewish families escape from Germany during WWII and because of this she and her family were interned in a concentration camp. The unbelievable things that she suffered, the brutality, starvation, illnesses, humiliation, loss of family members, uncertainty, fear…
…and yet, her faith in God never seemed to waver. She pushed on through the nightmare that had become her life knowing Christ walked with her every step of the way. She more than anyone that I know can give us advice about the uncertain and unfriendly future. And what does she say? Follow God. Rely on Him. DO NOT fear, God knows the way.
Sometimes our world crashes in on us and it IS hard. Let’s be honest: life is hard (how do clods of coal become diamonds? Not just by pressure, but by EXTREME pressure).
The thing to remember, though, is that you don’t have to walk this road alone. Talk to God. Tell him what you feel. He wants you to talk to Him. He will comfort you, love you, hold you in His arms. He sees through that impenetrable veil–He knows what the future holds, so let him hold your future.
Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its’ troubles. It empties today of its’ strength.
–Corrie Ten Boom