Monday, May 8, 2017

It Is Okay To Not Know The Answer

I am the kind of person that likes to know the answer to why anything happens. I also like to know everything and be in the know about things that are happening. I like to know what will happen next. I try hard to be okay with not knowing the answer to everything and not knowing what will happen next. I fail a lot and it ends up with me worried or frustrated. As you can imagine this is where I struggle in my walk with God.

I know I am not the only who struggles in this area. I think a lot of people also want to know the answers to everything and know what will happen next. Something I've learned and still have to learn is that it is okay to not know answer. It is okay to not know what the next step may be in life. For me, I am learning to be okay with it because I have faith in a God who DOES know. He knows all of the answers, even the answers to those tough questions. He knows what the next step in my life is going to be. I may not know, but I'm learning that it is okay.

So why am I writing about this? If you have read my recent posts, you know that we moved to a different house in the area we live in. My husband graduated college in May of 2016 with a degree in high school social studies/history. This is the time of year that teaching jobs become available for next school year. He has already put in several applications to different schools in the state of Kentucky (where we live). With him applying to schools all over Kentucky, it could potentially mean we would move again if he gets interviewed and hired with one of the schools he is applying to.

I have to ask, if we end up moving across the state, then why did we end up moving to where we live now in the first place? I also ask and question, will my husband get a teaching job this school year? These are questions I don't know the answer to, but I sure wish I did. Like I said, I am learning every day to be okay to not know the answers to these questions. I have faith that God will open a door for my husband. If it involves another move, then we are definitely okay with that. Of course, the first question of why did we move in the first place is not answered. I may have to accept the fact that it may never be. I trust that God had a reason for our move that we just did. I may not know it now, but hopefully I will. If I don't, I will be okay with it because God had reason.

I know my questions are petty compared to other questions. I have faced the harder questions in life such as: Why did she have pass away so young?, Why did I miscarry?, Is his disability my fault?, Why am I out casted by people I thought were my friends?

Yes, there are tough questions out there that we don't know the answers to. As time goes on sometimes the answers show up in unexpected, but positive ways. She may have been young, but she did have an impact on others. If it weren't for my miscarriage I wouldn't have been able to help someone else going through it. I can speak out about his disability. I found some new friends that have impacted me in ways my old friends never did.

Even if we don't find out the answers to the tough questions, we just need to believe that there is a reason for them. It is okay to not know the answer.

Here some comforting Bible verses that I have found about being at peace with not knowing why things happen or what will happen next. I hope they are helpful for you as well.







24 comments:

  1. There will always be things that will be far beyond our comprehension. That would just be a part of being human. Growing older, and hopefully wiser, we come to accept (in some cases) that there are certain things we are probably better off not knowing. It will no doubt all come together and makes sense eventually. That is, I suppose, part of having faith.

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  2. I've never really been one to sit and question too much, simply because I know I'll never know all of the answers...

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  3. We, none of us have the answers in life or at least not all the answers. What's right for one person is not necessarily right for the next.We can only do the best we can and go with out instincts. Life throws us curve balls all the time but it also lets us score... Take care!

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  4. life teaches a lot of lessons. These lessons convert into experiences necessary for growth of an individual..

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  5. This blog post really hits the nail on the head, we will never have all the answers, the quicker we accept that the better! xx

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  6. Sometimes it is okay to not know the answer to everything and what is wrong with a bit of mystery anyway! Life works in mysterious ways and we are just along for the ride, its ok to not be able to answer the questions in life x

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  7. It is good to question things, I don't think we are meant to just accept everything that happens to us.

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  8. Life is full of lessons. It's good to question things but we cant know all the answers x

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  9. Over the years I've gotten so much better about worrying. I realized that I always seem to come through in fairly good shape .. no matter the dilemma

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  10. I love Romans 8:28 : " For we know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those called according to His purpose." I know it's not that all things are good. But that out of those difficult things, good things come. That makes me smile.

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  11. We want the answer because fear is involved. A good thing about life because some things remain a mystery. I don't think we can fathom life if every single thing has to be revealed as the answer.

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  12. So much truth in this blog post - thanks for sharing it with us! x

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  13. Sometimes there are no answers to our questions. Unfortunately things just happen, but we have to live on for those that can't.

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  14. Thank you for your openness and vulnerability. I love the verses you shared and am encouraged by your faith!

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  15. Not knowing the answers to difficult questions like this can be so hard. But you're right, it's OK to not know the answers to them. Not everything can be explained. Thank you for writing such an open post. I think your words will really help others

    Louise x

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  16. This is so true! Thank you for sharing!

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  17. Uncertainty is never fun. However in life really, nothing is for certain. Anything could just happen. I'm glad that you have this perspective. Next year could be a fun adventure for you!

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  18. Loved ur post. My favourite verses are Mathew 6: 25-34, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear....."

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  19. I remember a Joyce Meyer video where she talks about how she used to analyze everything and that was me too. It was tortuous for me because I would get so stressed trying to figure out everything. She taught me to "cast my cares." Thank you so much for this post and for reaffirming what Joyce Meyer said! God Bless!

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  20. I believe that everything happens for once own good! We can't find answers of all the questions in our lives. Sometimes, its better not to think about those things that are not in our hands!

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  21. I have been reminded several times, that everything happens for a reason! Sometimes it's fun not having all the answers, others it drives me nuts!

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  22. It's always challenging to find the patience when we can't see the next step clearly. Overthinking and resisting the urge to control every move in our lives can be a real struggle. Good luck to you!

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  23. and this is why I;m grateful for google at times. Although sometimes it's nice to not know how everything works and to just live each day.

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  24. I am crossing my fingers that you get some answers soon or if they are not forthcoming at least some answers soon on what will happen this coming year for you both.

    Sending positive vibes and love

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