Have you ever searched for something and found it only after you stopped looking?
I had that experience a couple months ago.
I don’t know when it began or why. I had searched for a verse, using both my memory and Google. Both failed me.
A few days later, I had a conversation with my brother on the phone. Somehow we got into the subject about not knowing what we don’t know. In fact, his very words were “You don’t know what you don’t know.” He’d gotten the motto from someone else, but unfortunately, he’d forgotten the speaker’s name (another unknown lost to the weakness of memory). I wish I could give credit to the person responsible for the quote because his words brought me back to the verse I had been searching for earlier in the week—and to the same frustration.
The frustration of finding the unsearchable.
It bothers me when I don’t know things. There are so many things I want to learn. But it’s hard to know where to start.
How do I learn what I don’t know?
Who wants to waste time scrolling down endless volumes (or web pages) of information if it has no practical value in your life?
My time is critical. I’m sure yours is too.
There’s an endless supply of knowledge just waiting for me on the Internet—all at the disposal of my fingertips.
Except for that verse.
But at the end of the week, when I stopped looking, it came to me.
Saturday morning, my cousin Jason Frank posted a video on Facebook titled Criticism & Dispute: An Inspirational Look at How Creators Can Respond.
You can find the YouTube link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdkG9xzw5oA
I watched and listened as my cousin detailed an approach to criticism that I found very needed in my own life—knowledge I could use.
And then, the unsearchable came to me.
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 NIV
After Jason shared the verse in Jeremiah, he stated what had been true for me that week: “How many times do we think, in today’s world, that we can just Google our problems and get some great piece of advice?”
So true! Even when our hearts crave a specific Scripture, it doesn’t always come to us at the click of a mouse.
But God knew. God knew I needed that verse. And so, when I least expected it, He gave it to me. How personal is our God!
This led me to a time of deep prayer, where I laid before Him exactly what I wanted to know.
I won’t give you the long-written out version, but here are few things I asked of Him:
I asked Him for General knowledge—knowledge of global and national things, history, and current events.
I asked Him for specific knowledge for my writing, for my current Work in Progress.
I ask Him for practical knowledge—knowledge that would be helpful to my family and in the home, like cooking and household maintenance.
And last but not least, I asked Him for Biblical knowledge—*knowledge for spiritual wisdom and understanding—*to walk in step with His Spirit and also to bless others in my job, at home, and for all those He sends my way.
Thankfully, God wasn’t done teaching me what I didn’t know. He reminded me of something that I often forget.
The very next day, a prayer from my *daily devotional beamed back at me in all caps:
“GOD, HELP US TRUST YOU FOR WHAT WE DON’T KNOW.” https://odb.org/2016/11/19/skywatcher
Yes, that was exactly what I needed to know.
Maybe you do to?
Dear Heavenly Father,
*Your understanding has no limits. *Thank you for continually guiding me and teaching me what I need to know.”
In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
Verses used in this blog post:
*Jeremiah 33:3 NIV
*2 Corinthians 2:12-16
Verses used in this blog post prayer:
*Isaiah 58:11 and Psalm 32:8
Our Daily Bread Devotional quote taken from the website’s sharable image and prayer: November 19, 2016 Our Daily Bread devotional (online version)