The Face of the Unknown

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What confidence should you have when you are running a race whose end you know but a path you don’t? Maybe you shouldn’t run at all. If possible, stay still; by the way, more than speed is direction, right? What if you aren’t supposed to stay still or walk but run?

Don’t mind me and those questions. Who goes off for months only to return with questions and no apologies. It’s been 5 months, 22 weeks, 157 days since I last paid a visit here. Maybe “paid a visit” shouldn’t be the word, but “published a post.” I always get reminders about unhampered steps in many different ways. I am so sorry!

The PHASE of the Unknown or The FACE of the unknown?

See who it is staring at this screen without knowing what to type. I guess it fits into the right setting at a time like this.

It is the face of the unknown when you are at that moment in time when it looks like you do not know what step you are to take. It is that decision-making moment that stares at you with a fixed gaze without showing you what’s up about a way of escape. It is either a yes or no. You may think, what about other options like staying on the fence? I believe you have an answer already. Will we all remain at a point, and must the echoes always be about forging ahead in the bid to beat the tickling time whose moment matters in our journey in life?  

Should the face of the unknown’s gaze always push you to make decisions you aren’t even ready for or cause you to leap both calculated and uncalculated risks? What if you stare at that face of the unknown with a stern look and hold your ground by staying still until you know what is ahead of you? Won’t time and chance not bid you farewell because you refused to leave that spot and be where you were supposed to be?

It is that moment where you know but don’t know as well. Others who started with you already dashed before you, and now it’s all about you racing against them.

The face of the unknown is that phase in time where staying still isn’t even an option but one because it all will matter in time when you alone will answer the call as to why you did the things you chose to do.

Trust me, that face has so many angles, with no definite viewpoint for all and no same gaze.

Nevertheless, what if this face could fade away, won’t that be better? Will our patience be tried and our faith tested? Will we learn to make better decisions or even stand the chance to make another?

Maybe we have fixed our gaze on the wrong thing all these while. He was always in the picture all this while. His gaze was always fixed on us until we chose to look at another. He gave us no excuse to deny His existence because, at every point, the signs were always there for both the Sheep and the Goat.

It was His Word that stood even in the land of the unknown. We only saw the face of the unknown and were stranded. Definitely, He lives in eternity, and the future isn’t new to Him. In all these were His words:

Psalms 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Don’t you get it? That’s from the master of the Universe who chose to focus on you and have His eyes solely on you. Find refuge in those words and hold dear to them.

Isaiah‬ ‭30:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

His sheep will hear His voice and walk only in His way, another voice will they not hearken to.

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