Embracing the Unknown
Especially for those who are planners, we like to be in the know. We like to know what's going on with our friends and families. We like to know what happened when we hear breaking news. We want to know future plans so we can mentally and physically prepare. We like to know results to reduce our chances of failure.
Typically when we read this passage in Acts, the conversation revolves around the Pentecost and being filled with the Holy Spirit. This is a great topic of discussion. After all, it is a critical passage that introduces us to the birth of the Christian church. But it's not our focus today.
After Jesus rose from the dead and before ascending into heaven, the apostles gathered and asked him the question in verse 6. They wanted to know His plans and how the "coming of the Holy Spirit" would unfold.
Basically what Jesus said was that it doesn't matter. You don't need to know that. What matters, what you do need to know (and trust), is that you will receive what you need, to do what I've called you to do - power from the Holy Spirit to be my witnesses on earth.
What do you want to know? How the season is going to go? What your future holds? If you'll get to do what you sense God placing on your heart to do even though it's clearly not now? What tragic thing will happen next? How to handle a certain situation properly? What poor decision your athlete or child will make next? How to get through to so and so? Etc.?
God may have some of those answers for us and also may not. Regardless, be encouraged to always keep seeking God for answers!
Jeremiah 33:3 "Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known."
Luke 11:9-10 "And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened."
He blesses those who seek His face. Sometimes the blessing isn't the answer. It can be, but more often than not, it comes in knowing and understanding God Himself more and more. And the more we know Him, the more we love Him and will trust Him, His plans and His timing, even when we don't know exactly what they are or how they will unfold.
Simply knowing we are safe in His hands and will have what we need to do what He wants us to do when He wants us to do it, makes the unknown adventure exciting, peaceful, joyous, eternally safe, and so incredibly blessed. It's the best adventure ever.