When we don’t know

We are living in a time when we often don’t know what to do or what we need.

I just watched the video of Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. speak to the House about the trauma she, her team, and we collectively have dealt with in recent months. As she broke down in tears, I felt an empathy that spoke to the core of this season we are in.

There are moments when we can clearly define what is painful or giving us anxiety. There are other times when we simply cannot pinpoint what is grieving us or is creating a sense of sadness in our spirit.

This can also lead to not understanding what we need to relieve these moments.

As I sat after listening to Tlaib’s impassioned speech, I cried out to God in recognition that we do not know yet He does. We don’t know the difficulties that will come into our lives, yet God has control over all. We don’t know how to react or what to do next, but God has a plan and purpose for each of us.

We do not know… yet He does.

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I simply write this to remind you, and myself, that it is okay sometimes not to know, to be in a moment and have no understanding of how to take the next step.

In those unknown moments, know that you can cry out to God, even a groan will be heard and acted upon by our Father.

Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.
// Exodus 2:23-25 NLT

O Lord, hear me as I pray;
pay attention to my groaning.
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God,
 for I pray to no one but you.
Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

// Psalm 5:1-3 NLT

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.
// Romans 5:26-27 NLT

We may not know what to do or where to go next, yet we know the One who does and who will lead us forward. Reach out to Him when you do not know.

To watch Tlaib’s speech, scrool towards the bottom of the page: ‘Traumatic experience for all of us’: House members share personal stories about the Capitol attack – ABC News (go.com)

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