Ecclesiastes 3:22 NIV - So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?
James 4:13-17 NIV - Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.
Romans 8:28 NIV - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
Many of our concerns with the "unknowns" (I will use this term again and again to refer to all those stuff, since we all grapple with different aspects of them.) originate from our fears and emotions. In one of my NUS modules, I learnt that this is an aspect of culture - Uncertainty Avoidance. (Geert Hofstede in his 1980 book, 'Culture's Consequences'). Singapore's score is stated to be not very high but I'm not sure of the recency of this particular poll. Either way, uncertainty avoidance is defined as
"a society’s tolerance for uncertainty and ambiguity. It indicates to what extent a culture programs its members to feel either uncomfortable or comfortable in unstructured situations. Unstructured situations are novel, unknown, surprising, and different from usual. Uncertainty avoiding cultures try to minimize the possibility of such situations by strict laws and rules, safety and security measures..."
Ecclesiastes 3:13 NIV - That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil - this is the gift of God.
No way right. Likewise, "unknowns" must exist for things to become truly meaningful fun. Else it's just like ------------------------------->
(Nothing wrong with senseless fun but if you do this for days and days there's no way it'll be fun right?)
John 10:10 NIV - The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, i have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
'I hate this subject/module very much, but after some time I actually kind of quite like it.'
'I really didn't like this person at the start but after sometime we kind of... you know, got together.'
'I hate capsicums, till I became a farmer.'
Whatever. These "unknowns" prepare us for these dreams. If we knew at the start what God desires for us, we will either 1) run towards it or 2) run away from it. The former is great, isn't it? (assuming you KNOW how to run there correctly) But the latter is especially dangerous. We may end up running away from it and into hell in our folly. I know this in my life and I truly regret it. In recent times, due to some circumstances I ended up asking God if there is a specific something that He wants to put in my life in the future. And for the first time in my life I sense such a different and grave response from God - I wasn't supposed to even venture into this area until much much later; it felt like I've threaded on forbidden ground. And it's kind of too late now. I don't know why it happened or how come God didn't stop me until then, but all I know is that this is done. Now I'm not so sure whether I'll run towards it or from it. Truthfully, I am unable to move AT ALL, because I'm simply not sure about whether I want that or not. I'm not sure how this would ultimately affect my dreams or my future. Yet I pray that you would not end up where I am, because God wants to lead you and groom you till He can give you a dream that you would make your own. He wants you to desire your dream's pursuit and passing willingly and committedly, in His timing, not stuck.
"What shall I eat for lunch/dinner/supper?"
Philippians 46:7 NIV - Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
#5 Remember what God has done
Today during a church meeting, there was a teaching in Deuteronomy 8 about how the Israelites faced a great deal of uncertainty when they left Egypt and was going to enter the Promised Land. Moses, in one of hist last teachings to the Israelites, reminded them of how they should be like in the Promised Land. He told them to remember God's testings, teachings, providence and care and discipline. Like us, sometimes before we face this "unknowns" remembering what God has done in our lives will encourage us. One of my modules taught me about this phenomenon called the "recency effect". In short, it means that what has happened recently will shape our expectations of what is to come. Bask in your memory of the good and faithful God, whose character and love for you has never and will never change, and you will surely gain the courage to face what is ahead :)
Ephesians 1:11-12 NIV - In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory.