Friday, September 9, 2011

The Unknown

The unknown is full of mystery and adventure. It can stir feelings of fear, failure, excitement, faith and hope. Christopher Columbus said, "You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."

Well, Mr. Columbus, I haven't crossed any oceans lately. But I have done a great deal of moving forward into the unknown. This past year alone, I've come across many of my own storms and my own rainbows. With the way my life has been, I'm lucky if I can say where I will be and what I will be doing in one week's time. During the past twelve months, I have lived in Idaho, California, Washington, D.C. and Utah. That's a lot of packing and unpacking. That's a lot of time spent not wanting to commit to surrounding environments, knowing that in a short time I will most likely be leaving again.

But finally—gratefully—I think the waves in my ocean will shortly be settling down for awhile (but if I've really learned anything from 22 years of life, I will probably eat these words).

The unknown is a time for change. Am I the same person I was one year ago? No. And I am better for it. I have more confidence in myself and more faith in a great God than I ever thought I could have. Charting unknown territory requires one to push themselves further than they ever thought possible. It calls for courage. And soon you find you have more than you thought. It calls for faith. And soon your trust in God grows. It calls for strength. And soon you find your weaknesses becoming a fortifying power. It calls for humility. And soon you find yourself on your knees, bowing before the Lord—lower than you've ever before bowed. But then you rise, higher than ever, ready to take on the world.

The unknown is a scary thought. But that's all it is. Just a thought. God has a plan for you like He has a plan for me. His plan is solid if we make right choices. And with Him at my side, I'm willing to lose sight of the shore.



  1. wow, I love it. Beautiful first post!


  2. Um YAY for new blogs! Your such a good writer Lauren..I'm actually excited to read all you new upcoming posts! miss you and love you! [and lester says he does to haha]