When I walked up to my front door by myself and found it standing open, it stopped me in my tracks. It took me a minute to process. Wait. This is different. Go in? Don't go in?
I yelled an inquisitive "Hellooooo??" into my dark house except for a random light on in my room. Wait- why was my light on? Everyone should be gone. No cars are in the driveway.
When you're standing in the face of the unknown- it can be terrifying and paralyzing.
But you can't keep standing where you are.
I was on the phone with my best friend and like friends on scary movies NEVER do, she reminded me to NOT go into the dark house alone. I walked over to my neighbors and they either didn't hear my knock, or couldn't respond to it. So, I stood there in between my yard and theirs wondering how to go into this unknown- this place that was mine but I was stuck not being able to claim and settle into because of all of the what ifs. What if someone was hiding and waiting. What if we had been robbed. What if I was about to be robbed. What if...what if...
Thankfully, my BFFs hubby came to my rescue- armed for battle. I could hear my heartbeat in my ears as we cautiously walked in and checked all the rooms and closets, afraid of what we would find.
The what ifs of the unknown didn't turn into the what are's.
And isn't that often the way?
Now don't hear me saying we need to run recklessly into the dark, scary places of life.
We also can't stand frozen in the front yard or locked in the car in the driveway of the place God has told us to call home: where and who we are called and created to be.
God doesn't expect you to blaze into the unknown on your own. He wants you to wait on Him, walk in alongside Him- because He is the One that arms you for any battles you may encounter along the way.
As we walk with the Holy Spirit, we begin to see that so many of our what ifs about the unknown are not the what are's.
We can step out of the paralyzing terror, flip the lights on in that dark unknown place, and find out it's home.
And instead of grabbing the hand of a fellow panicker, find a friend- a voice of truth and wisdom- who skips the drama, and simply reminds you to not rush in alone, but press in to Jesus, the One who goes before you and with you into that unknown place.
Whatever unknown you are facing, realize that to God, it is fully known.
Trust the One who sees what is and you won't be paralyzed any longer by the what ifs.