I'm a "know not."
Yep. I just confessed my ignorance (something an overachieving, approval and success-driven only child NEVER does). Instead of feeling bad about it, I feel free. The older—let's call it spiritually mature—I get, the more I don't know about God, His ways, His plans, life in general, even myself, than what I do know. Can you relate?
I don't know why good things come to some and bad things come to others.
I don't know why it seems that some prayers are answered and others are ignored.
Sure, I could lay out all kinds of doctrinal explanations. Nice, trite, cliched platitudes that offer plausible reasons for the things we endure during our time on the Big Blue Marble.
We've all heard them, maybe latched on to them in times of trouble because they offer a modicum of comfort. But those explanations don't satisfy. The questions remain, and the honest answer, more often than not, is "I don't know."
I've often heard my husband counsel people with these words: "It's
not what you don't know that matters, it's what you do know."
In high-pressure, scary situations; in the valleys and mountains and shadows of life, it's easy to get so caught up in all the don't-knows that we forget what we do know. But when the rubber hits the road, so to speak, what we do know is all that really counts.
For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
1 Cor 2:2 NKJV
Whatever you are facing, resist the urge to say, "But I don't know how this will turn out." Or, "I don't know what to do." Instead, ask yourself, "What do I know?" That's a proactive question. It's where you'll find the root of your faith, and from that root, no matter how small or weak it seems to be, life and hope and victory can grow.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:4-5 NKJV
That, my friends, is NOT a mere platitude. It's truth, and it's more than enough to go forward on, whether you are on top of the mountain, in the valley of the shadow of death, or somewhere in between.
And as a former youth leader, here is your "visual aid" for this devotional. After you get past Keanu Reeves' rather surprising display of biceps, listen to the script...
What's your "root"?
Hint: What do you KNOW THAT YOU KNOW?
About the Author: Niki writes fiction, nonfiction, blog posts, newspaper articles, grocery lists,
and Facebook status updates. She can be found at her own blog, In Truer Ink, in addition to posting here. She was a 2009 finalist in the Faith, Hope, and Love "Touched by Love"