My child doesn’t discriminate. He loves all blankets equally. Fleece blankies, living room throws, and bedspreads are all equal in Ezra’s one-year-old eyes. Almost every blanket in my house, unless it is stored in the closet (on a high shelf) has each corner soaked with precious spittle.
One day, I skillfully threw a blanket on Ezra’s head as he was wildly running across the room in an intense game of peek-a-boo. I presumed that he would naturally toss the blanket off his head so as to see, but instead he maintained his speed and ran straight into our fireplace unit. Preparing myself to comfort his cries, I jumped up to help him, snatched the blanket off his head only to discover the biggest smile on his face. What if we followed Jesus with the same blind faith into the unknowns of our future?
As we adults approach big decisions, fear paralyzes us as we cannot predict the unknowns of our future. What if I fail? What if I make a choice that is good but not great? What if I’m not willing to sacrifice my flesh? What if I’m not informed enough to make a great decision? What if other people think that I’m crazy? What if this isn’t a wise financial decision? What if I have an accident and my car nose dives off a bridge into the water with all my kids in the car (I literally could NOT get this off my mind a few days ago while I was driving)?
However, babies are different. The lack of experience in their life has caused them not be able to creatively imagine all of the possible answers to the “What if…?” question. I have read from a probably totally unreliable Facebook article that the more creative you are, the more you can lose yourself in fear as you day dream the endless possibilities of the butterfly effect.
Once again, like my toddler running at full steam with a blanket, what if we followed Jesus with the same blind faith into the unknowns of our future? What are we afraid of? Are we afraid that we will be hurt physically or emotionally? Are we afraid that we will lose our material things? Are we afraid that one bad decision will steer our life away from the plan of hope and prosperity that the Lord has promised us? But we know that we WILL hurt as we travel through life claiming the name of Jesus (John 16:33), we WILL NOT go without our needs met (Luke 12:31), and we know that the steps of a good man ARE ordered by the Lord (37:23). Perhaps our fear of the unknown is really misplaced trust; without realizing it, we have transferred our trust from a loving eternal God and placed it in temporary earthly comfort.
So why are you afraid again? Maybe this is the question that we should ask ourselves instead of “What if?”
A favorite quote by writer and speaker Lisa Bevere is: “You think you’ve blown [or could blow] God’s plan for your life, rest in this. You, my beautiful friend, are not that powerful.”
Back to the blankets with spit-soaked corners. When my child wakes up, walks through the house, rides in the car, or goes to sleep at night, he has a blanket. If he drops it, he searches for it. He pursues it. If he can’t see it / feel it / use it, he senses something just isn’t right and begins to hunt for it. The key to making big decisions is not to imagine as many “What if?” potentials in regard to the unknown, but that we search for, pursue, and hunt down God and His heart through prayer, meditation, and reading His Word.
In regard to your big decision, you will know what to do. Trust that you will know what to do. He is a good father that wants you to enjoy life, play peek-a-boo, and stop fretting about the unknown.
Believe it or not, there is beauty in the unknown because that is the place where faith, trust, and the fun of adventure grow.