Into the “Unknown”

Into the “Unknown”

When you have children growing up at home, you are bound to know or listen to some children’s songs. At times, they might even ring in your ears as if they’re being broadcast. Besides that, I’m surprised by how loudly my nieces can sing a few children’s songs, one of them being “Into the Unknown.” I was attracted to this song and found the lyrics quite fascinating. As a worship leader and trainer, I often ask: do you mean what you are singing? I’m quite sure my nieces don’t understand what they’re singing. Childhood seems to be a time of zero worries.

There are parts the song goes by:

Who knows deep down I’m not where I’m meant to be?
Every day’s a little harder, as I feel my power grow
Don’t you know there’s part of me that longs to go
Into the unknown…

If I’m not mistaken, there’s a feeling of curiosity, fear, loneliness, and at the same time, excitement, as if they could conquer “the world.” It’s a mixture of emotions that lead to the “world of the unknown.”

In our Christian journey, there are many instances where we face uncertainties or things that are unknown. We might feel anxious because we can’t grasp something beyond our control. Uncertainties create unnecessary blurred vision that we might have received from God. We often memorize Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” We declare that God never plans to harm us and grants us hope to face our future.

But sometimes, we may feel restless, especially when unexpected “minor turbulences” occur in our lives. The song “Let It Go” from Frozen doesn’t truly reflect our understanding of letting God take charge. It speaks more to becoming self-centered.

Instead, we need to “trust in Jesus.” In Luke 5, Jesus asked Simon to lay down the nets in the deep waters. Simon trusted Jesus even though he possibly had some doubts (Luke 5:5). Therefore, we need to read the Bible daily, understand Jesus and His ministry, and trust His Word through the power of the Holy Spirit.

For our God says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:2) Additionally, the psalmist reminds us, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

Brothers and Sisters, Trust God even in our darkest hours. Trust Him even when we find it difficult to do so. Trust Him because our God never forsakes us nor leaves us. Moreover, we should thank God for more “unknowns” because they teach us to “hold on to God’s promises” instead of relying on our personal abilities.

May God continue to be glorified.