You Don't Know What You Don't Know

You don't know what you don't know. Read that again....you don't know what you don't know. It's clearly true, but it's a fact that often escapes me. When I'm in a situation where I've reached the end of my experience and ability and understanding, I often rely on.....my experience and my ability and my understanding.  I don't know what I don't know.

I've been blessed by a succession of mentors in my life....parents, coaches, teachers, pastors, leaders. At times those people have told me what I don't know.....so that I could overcome my gaps in experience or ability or understanding. At other times, they've pushed me outside my comfort zone and walked alongside me, right up to the edge of what I don't know so that I could learn it for myself.

How comfortable are you in your comfort zone? What does it take for you to peer over the edge of what you don't know? Do you go there willingly....or kicking and screaming? And when you go into the realm of what you don't know, who or what do you trust?

Jesus has a word on that question:

You decide according to what you can see and touch. I don't make judgments like that. But even if I did, my judgment would be true because I wouldn't make it out of the narrowness of my experience but in the largeness of the One who sent me, the Father.  (John 8: 15-18)

There are places in life that no mentor can walk you up to the edge of....losing your sense of purpose, the death of a loved one, a broken relationship, hitting bottom. But Jesus comes to the edge of it....over the edge of it....with you. And he can be trusted because what he has to offer goes beyond the narrowness of one person's experience to the largeness of the One who created it all.

Lord, I'm thankful today for the people you've placed in my life who have pushed me out of the comfort of my own experience and ability and understanding so that I could begin to know what I didn't know before. But I'm even more thankful for the gift of yourself, in Jesus, that by knowing him and trusting him I can squeeze out of the narrowness of the human experience and into the largeness of you. Amen.

Kim Turnage

 

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