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Life is full of unknowns.  We make plans, set goals, and dream big, but the reality is that so much lies beyond our reach.  Right now in particular, my life feels like it has an extraordinary amount of uncertainty.  With plenty of major details up in the air, I’ve never been more aware of my own lack of control.  In short, life today has a lot of question marks.  There are several blanks yet to be filled in.

From God’s vantage point, though, there are no question marks, there are no blanks to be filled in, and there are no details up in the air.  The God who upholds the universe by the word of His power invites me to face the unknown, not with anxiety, but with confidence in who He is and in what He’s said.

Because there are uncertainties scattered throughout my daily life, I’m in danger of entirely overlooking everything that isn’t in question.  In other words, if I’m not careful, the reality of a lot of unknowns translates into living as if there are only unknowns.

Rehearsing Scripture, however, reminds me of all I can know for sure.

No matter what, God is good. 

God is loving. 

God is faithful. 

God is compassionate. 

He is with me. 

He goes before me. 

He surrounds me. 

He upholds me.

As I call to mind these realities, the question marks and blank spaces appear less formidable.  They are brought into proper perspective in light of all the truth that surrounds them.

What’s going to happen to a sick relative?  I’m not sure, but I do know God is good. 

How will a friend cope with financial struggles?  I’m not sure, but I do know God provides. 

When will a difficult relationship begin to improve?  I’m not sure, but I do know God redeems.

A shift of focus from the unpredictabilities to the guarantees increases my confidence such that it outweighs my concerns.  Whether or not all of my questions get answered or all of the blanks get filled in becomes secondary to knowing and believing the One who authors the story.  And what He’s already written is proof enough that I can trust Him as the rest of it unfolds.

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