“I can hear you, but I won’t. Some look for trouble while others don’t. There are a thousand reasons I should go about my day and ignore your whispers which I wish would go away.” Many of you may be singing as you read this. These are the beginning lyrics to a familiar song from Idina Menzel, AZLyrics.com, Into the Unknown from Frozen 2.
In Frozen, Elsa finds herself having to face the unknown. Her natural response is to hide away and ignore the calling that has been placed on her, but she moves forward and discovers who she really is. She was made for more than what she believed about herself.
I want you to reread the song lyrics from a different perspective. Allow God to speak to you as you see these lyrics in light of your relationship with Him. Is your heart like Elsa’s? You know God is trying to move within your heart, but you keep ignoring Him. You come up with a myriad of excuses that keep God from moving within you; like I don’t have time, I don’t want to change how I live, I may not like what He has for me, life will be boring following God, I want to have fun, etc.
You are made for more than what you believe about yourself.
God leads His children into the unknown every day. It is a part of the faith process in getting you and I to depend on His Son Jesus.
I encourage you to read the book of Exodus in the Old Testament. God called forth an “Elsa” to lead His people out of slavery from an unholy nation. His name was Moses. At first Moses resisted. He doubted himself and questioned what God was asking of him. There were about 2 million Israelites enslaved in Egypt. God set in motion a plan to set His people free from the harshness of Egypt. He called forth Moses to lead them to a promised land where they could live free in the presence of God. Moses followed through but you see him struggling along the way. He would let his flesh get in the way of God’s calling.
Check out the story of Noah in Genesis 6-9. God called Noah into the unknown. God told him to build a very large boat for a great flood was coming. Here’s the interesting part. It had never rained on earth before; see Genesis 1:6-7, 2:5, then 7:11-12. Despite this reality, Noah believed God and did whatever God told him no matter how outlandish it seemed. He believed God and that was enough for him. He knew that God would be found faithful in the end, no matter how things turned out.
Study how a man named Saul was called by God. This should encourage you. Saul hated God and anyone or anything that was connected to God. Read Acts 9 to see how God saw potential within a rebellious heart. God blinded Saul. This blinding gave way to clear sight when God was allowed to intervene. Saul became Paul and the rest is history in how God used him. Paul didn’t waste any time with his unknown. He went from hating God to loving God.
How about you? Are you like Moses, Noah, or Paul? I can relate to Moses. While I hear God, I allow my flesh to dictate my thoughts, and this allows for doubt to creep in and the enemy. I need to always remember Proverbs 3:5-7, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; DO NOT DEPEND ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING (emphasis mine). Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”
Are you like Noah? Is God asking something of you that doesn’t make sense, or you can’t see yourself doing what He is asking of you? Maybe it’s time to trust Him more deeply and let Him show you how His ways are way better than your own.
Are you like Saul? You run with the wrong crowd and God is trying to get your attention to change course. Are you loving the world and its ways and God is placing some obstacles in your life to wake you up? Have you become a prodigal son that once lived in the Father’s Kingdom, but you have walked away? It’s time to come back home; read Luke 15:11-32.
Whatever your unknown looks like, know that God is with you. He will never leave you, nor forsake you; see Hebrews 13:5. Since He is the Sovereign God and the creator of every man, woman and child, you can trust Him to change you from good to great, from unholy to holy, from unrighteous to righteous, from dead in sin to eternally alive in Christ.
God is taking you somewhere.
You don’t want to miss where that somewhere is. God is going to use you for His Kingdom. You don’t want to miss how He wants to use you. He has a reason for His calling. Even though you can’t see it, believe God.
I will leave you with this quote from Day Spring Calendars, Never Forgotten Always Loved, “I make all things beautiful. Put your faith in Me, not in a timetable. Wait on Me, and wait for Me. When I am ready, you will be ready. In My perfect way I will put everything together, see every detail, arrange every circumstance, change every heart, order every step to bring to pass what I have for you.”
Run into the unknown, there you will find God.