My ducks need to be in a row. I have a friend who says the same thing as I do. We don’t like it when one of our little ducks veer off to the right or left. The ducks, of course, represent our plans. We plan and want it to go the way we want it to go. The problem is, we don’t always know everything, but we think we do. There are always twists, turns, and bumps in our roads. God promises to go with us as we navigate all the twists and turns, but we still like to know they are there. In the Scriptures, there are many times we are reminded that God is in the unknown.
“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood.” Genesis 6:8, 14a
The people of the world were corrupt, and it grieved the heart of God. He decided to do away with them all, but Noah found favor before God. Noah was given grace by God because that was God’s choice. The command God gave to Noah was to build an ark. Can you imagine building an ark on dry land? Noah must have had many questions about what was going to happen. He followed God and was obedient to him in the process of building this ark. Do you think Noah knew what was going to happen? It was all unknown, but we know God was in it. God made sure of Noah and his family’s safety during the flood that destroyed all the rest of mankind.
“Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:10
What an awesome task God gave to Moses! He was to go into Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let God’s people go. These people were slaves and of great worth to the Pharaoh because of the work they were doing for him. Moses and his brother Aaron met with Pharaoh, not knowing what God was going to do. Do you think they were fearful? It was all unknown, but we know God was in it. God’s people were released from slavery.
“Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.” Joshua 1:2
An unknown land and an unknown people lay ahead of Joshua on the other side of the Jordan river. He was to lead these people over the Jordan and to the land of promise. What were the people like in this land? Could they defeat them? It was all unknown, but we know God was in it. God’s people were victorious when they followed him, and they were given the land.
IT WAS ALL UNKNOWN, BUT WE KNOW GOD WAS IN IT.
The above statement is repeated in our examples from the Scriptures. We can say this because to those who were living it at the time, all was unknown. But we have the benefit of knowing God was in each and every situation, working things out for his glory. He is always at work, and he hasn’t stopped now. He is still working. We all have unknowns in our lives.
Perhaps there’s a new job on the horizon. Although it looks so good, there’s so much about it that is unknown.
Maybe, a move to another state where you don’t know anyone. You desire to move, but there’s so much about it that is unknown.
You may have just received a diagnosis that has caused you great concern. The medical personnel are great, but there’s so much about it that is unknown.
The college has become too expensive, and you have to transfer over to one that costs less. The education will probably be the same, but there’s so much about it that is unknown.
Each one of these scenarios call for putting ducks in a row. We want to know!! The situations have twists, turns, and bumps which we would like to avoid. The unknown is scary– just as it was for Noah, Moses and Joshua. How does God want us to handle the unknown?
“Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:8
When all around us is unknown, we can know that God is in it. We are told here in Psalm 62:8 to trust the Lord at all times, which would include those that are unknown to us. What is so encouraging is the second part of this verse! We are called to pour out our hearts to God, knowing he is our refuge. God wants us to let him know our worries, fears, dread, and hesitation concerning the unknowns in our lives. He is our refuge, our shelter, and protection. We can trust God with each and every duck on the path because he knows what lies ahead, even when we don’t.
Cry out to God and let him know your concerns for all your little duckies! Then put your trust in him because he is trustworthy. We can depend on this: God is always in the unknown.