Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.Psalms 46:10 AMP
So…….I’m in Budapest, Hungary! And I’ll be here for a while as it is for work. Again, I don’t know the language or anyone here, but it’s all part of adventuring the unknown. The crazy, surprising, and amazing adventure of the unknown.
Though starting this journey has shown me how much is unknown to me. I didn’t know the struggle of discouragement, or the struggle of doubt. I didn’t know how to trust God and wait. I didn’t know how to say Budapest (technically pronounced Budapesht). There is so much I don’t know. Which is okay.
I don’t have to know everything because I will learn it when I need it. The only thing I have to know on this journey, is God. I know that God is the one who gives me the power, love, and the sound mind to go to the top of a Church. I know that God loves everyone, even if I have to rebook a flight three times. I know that God will take care of those I love because He loves them more than I ever could. I know and I’m learning God. And that’s all I need to know.
We can get so busy trying to know this or that, or what’s coming. But did God tell us to know those things? Or is our focus on what we’re trying to know, versus the Teacher? This world is full of avenues to learn and consume knowledge. Knowledge of education, pop culture, history, anything we want to know we can learn. And that’s great, but what do you want to know? Do you want to know God? Do you seek His face, talk to Him, listen to Him? Are you still enough to do it?
I went to the top of Saint Stephen’s Basilica. It was a very windy and sunny day. It was hard to keep steady and I could barely see my phone. But I really wanted a panorama of the city. So I prayed and steadied myself as I moved my phone slowly. I did this again and again, the wind finally calming down, till God told me that I got it. When I looked at the photos inside of the Church, they were beautiful. To get what I wanted, I had to be still. I had to trust and know that God would lead me. I knew He would make a way. But that knowing, came in the stillness. When I didn’t move, I just steadied myself in God’s word.
I had to do it with my flight too. I got rebooked again and again because of a regulation change. It was a lot of back and forth. But I took a moment to breathe and quiet my mind. I took a moment to be still and remember God’s word. Then I knew He would make a way. Sure enough, on the fourth booking, I made it. The scripture puts be still before know for a reason. When we’re constantly moving, constantly trying to figure things out, we miss the bigger picture. We miss God.
So we will come face to face with many unknowns. But at the end of the day, it’s not what do you know, but are you still enough to know God?