Updated: May 4, 2020
Quoting the infamous “Frozen 2” song, many of us are currently embarking on a journey “into the unknown”. In fact, I vaguely remember when I had to write on the unknown in my AP Language and Composition course. It was a prompt from the past & honestly, I didn’t even know where to start. I asked myself, "What is the unknown? And how does one approach entering the unknown? How do we handle it?"
First, let’s start by asking ourselves, "What is the unknown?" I’d define it as being in a state of not knowing what’s going to happen next.
If you’re a big planner, like I am, that can be scary. It’s normal to come up with the worst-case scenario in your head when you are uncertain...especially during this pandemic.
This may have flipped your life upside down. Maybe you lost your job, and you're wondering how the heck you’re going to pay rent or how this gap is going to look on your resume. Maybe you are wondering how you are going to pass that class that is assigning you more work than when you were actually in school. Maybe you are wondering whether you are going to get into that school you set your heart on for 4 years. Or maybe, you’re thinking beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and the unknown means you’re going to drop out of the major of Engineering, Nursing, Law, Pre-Med (these are just the ones with the highest drop-out rates) that you entered college and are now having to switch your career plan.
The unanswered questions at this moment are endless for millions around the globe.
There is an infinite amount of hypothetical situations that I can come up with. But no matter what your unknown is, here’s how to handle it in the best possible way.
Entering the Unknown
There is only one way - you have to cast your fears upon God. “wElL nO dUh yOu sAy God bEcAuSe Ur a cHrIsTiaN bLoGgEr”. I know that’s what your thinking because I’d be thinking that too lol. But, I kid you not, try it for ONCE. Just ONCE. I dare you to try it. You’ll see what I mean, I promise you it will help you feel more at peace.
Matthew 6:25 says, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Think about it. These birds above you are constantly on the go, thus they don’t have a home, they just fly. Yet they are fed. You don’t ever see them dying of high rates of anxiety because they couldn’t find an essential thing like food despite not having a fridge of grasses, etc. They trust that wherever they go, they will find what they need.
Right below this verse, Matthew states “Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?’ Not knowing and not relying on God leads to only one thing: Anxiety. This worry only cripples you as you fill yourself with thoughts of self-doubt and you start to create thoughts of every worst-case scenario in your head. Ultimately, this just makes you lose oh so much time and you eventually start to believe your own negative thoughts. Then, they just start to consume you.
So now, the time you could’ve used to your benefit is suddenly lost as you spend it filling yourself with negative thoughts that aren't beneficial. In fact, there is an endless amount of research that proves how long-term anxiety and stress are detrimental to your health.
Now, that is not to discredit a little stress here and there because that’s normal. We’re humans with a brain constantly on the go. I know I have my moments where I panic or stress over the smallest things and I too, worry about my own future.
But, in a world where the unknown is constantly reappearing in our lives, I wouldn't want to die without offering you hope by letting you know that you don’t have to live life constantly worrying about the next unknown thing. When He could literally take care of it for you. You might not like the way he does it sometimes, but sometimes a storm must pass to for a rainbow to appear. Matthew 6:33-34 states, “But seek the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. As I said, give it to Him. I only dare you to try it once. That is all I ask. But, know you are going to have to give it time, a flower does not grow in seconds, you need to let God do his thing as He gives you peace in the waiting.
Know that it is in the Unknown that God redirects or continues to direct you in the right direction. Nothing ever happens without it serving a purpose. See, maybe you did drop out of the major, whether that’s Engineering, Nursing, Law, Pre-Med, etc. that you entered college with and are now having to switch your career plan, but, you end up finding a major that will be your true passion, where God knows you will be the happiest. Or, maybe you did lose that job during the COVID-19 pandemic, give it time, with your years of experience you will only find a better one. Maybe the one you’ll get in a couple of months will be 10 times less stressful or will pay better. See I don’t know. I wish I can tell you what happens next, but I can’t. I wish I knew what happened next in my life as much as the next person. But what I can be 100% certain of is that trusting that God is the best thing you can do during times of uncertainty. He has a plan and getting his peace is 100 times better than going into the unknown without God and trusting yourself.
I truly pray that every reader gets to experience peace in whatever your "unknown” means to you. Good luck entering “into the unknown”! You got this!
Verse of the post: Matthew 6:33
Bible story of the post: Ruth 1:1 to 4:22, Naomi Worried
(Check out @TheNewWayYouth on Instagram for a rundown of the book of Ruth by my sister, Ruth lol)