I don’t know! It seems that I have said that a lot over the last few weeks/months. And this is a fact that makes me so uncomfortable.
When are you leaving for South Africa? I don’t know!
Where will you be living? I don’t know!
THEN…once we were in Fish Hoek, the “I don’t knows” increased dramatically.
How many dollars is that? I don’t know
Where can I buy ______? I don’t know
What did he/she say? I don’t know How does this work? I don’t know
How do you get there? I don’t know
Which suitcase is _______ in? I don’t know
How do you covert to…..kilometres? Celsius? Grams? I don’t know
So many “I don’t knows.” Transitioning into another culture is not easy. It isn’t suppose to be. The “I don’t knows” are far greater than the “I know thats.” And I am sure that they will be for a while. But each day, we live and learn. We are so far out of our comfort zone that we don’t even know what we don’t know. But we are learning that we don’t have to know it all. WE don’t have to have all the answers. Because there is ONE greater that already knows all the answers. In fact, He knows the questions before they are even answered.
“Therefore I say: Listen to me; I too will tell you what I know.” Job 32:10
“I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.” Ecclesiastes 3:12
“The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” John 4:25
While we don’t know the answers to everything….in fact, we don’t know that answers to hardly anything at this point. There are a few things that we know beyond a shadow of a doubt. I know…..the Lord sent us to one of the most beautiful places on earth. His creativity is so evident in His creation. I know that….He placed this desire in our hearts. The beauty of this place is amazing. But the desire of our hearts is to serve the precious children of this land; to be a light that shines for Him in the darkest places.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19
I know that….whatever the Lord has planned here will be exciting, overwhelming, hard, and rewarding. The faces of His children will proclaim His name to the ends of the earth. The stories will be heart-breaking, but we know that He makes beauty out of the ashes.
I know that….He already knows how we will live, the needs of our partners in the US, where I can buy whatever we need, how to convert to kilometres, Celsius, and grams, how to drive on the other side of the road, how to get to wherever we need to go, and so much more.
Instead of focusing on the “I don’t knows,” I chose to focus on what He knows.
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