Accepting the Unknowns

Accepting the Unknowns

As a planner and worrier, the unknowns of life have a way of making me crazy. I love to go over all of the “what-if’s” and every possible scenario that could go wrong with major life choices and changes. Even good changes have a way of making me stress out and overthink things. Since becoming pregnant, I’ve learned that part of life and part of enjoying life to the fullest means letting go of the unknowns. 

Accepting the Unknowns

To accept the unknown is to relinquish control. Not an easy thing for a planner and a low-risk taker like me! Now is the time for me to let go of that need for control. The truth is, we don’t have control over everything anyway. We never will and we couldn’t possibly. Sometimes that scares me and I fear all of the things that could go wrong. Then I remember something really truly important: my hope and my happiness does not come from myself or what plans I have for myself. It doesn’t come from this world or the people in it. It comes from God. 

God grants us peace and contentment that does not make sense to this world. It is far greater than anything the world could give us or understand.

When I remind myself of this, I feel a calm that rushes over me the same way I feel calm when a warm breeze hits my face in the summer. Rather than cry and fear the things I cannot control, I am filled with peace and joy for the things that I have and the things that I’ve been given.

God has gifted me with so many things and so many people to love and cherish in my life. Gifts that could never be returned or forgotten. The gift of love and time is far greater than anything else I can imagine. 

So, as you go about your week, I challenge you to give up those worries and fears and give them to God. He will be there to uphold you when you want to cry. He will be there when you want to dance with joy. Most importantly, he will be there to grant you peace and calm as you go in to the unknowns. 

Do the unknowns of life excite you or scare you? 

Tell me in the comments below!

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19 thoughts on “Accepting the Unknowns

  1. Usually unknown things excite me, because like you I just trust and believe that God will make sure everything is OK. Why worry?! Sometimes easier said than done, but I try to remember that same quote and it helps SO much.

    • You’re so right! It can be a challenge but wow, isn’t it amazing how much less our anxieties and stress levels are when we do?!

  2. LOVING this post.

    Accepting the unknowns is so, so scary to do sometimes. It’s something I’ve been going through often, as well. #worklifeproblems ha. But you’re so right that recognizing that the big man upstairs has our backs and is leading us down the path makes it a lot easier to give up that control.

    Praying for peace and contentment.

    XO, Jessica

  3. YES. YES. YES. I do struggle with worry, and my dad, last night said, ‘How many of you want to worship God instead of worry?’ I do want to, and this was such a good reminder to worship God who has the WHOLE world in His sovereign care, including our lives.

  4. it’s really important for me to relinquish control sometimes and just accept I can’t plan/know everything. i need to get better at accepting the unknowns. thanks for this heather <3

  5. Oh man, this is ME! I’m experiencing this right now, especially with my post-graduation employment plans. Yes, I may have a couple things lined up, but there’s still that unknown factor that comes in. I still always want to have everything figured out…such a great reminder to let go!

    • YES! I definitely felt that way when I was about to graduate too–good luck with your search and remember it’s okay to not have everything figured out! 😀

  6. 2017 is a pivotal year for me, so I can totally relate to how you’re feeling. I’m learning to trust in God throughout all these changes and I think I’ve actually drawn closer to Him in the midst of it all 🙂

  7. I totally understand this–I am dealing with these thoughts of unknowns, and I’m not even pregnant yet! I think that becoming a moment might be one of the most unknown, crazy, bananas parts of life ever. I didn’t question getting married for a second, but when you have a baby…. you really don’t know what is going to happen.

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