My cousin recently posted a quote from my Uncle Steve, who died of cancer in 2001. He was writing to a friend with whom it appears he was discussing the future and the stress of the unknown:
I appreciate the struggle about the future. Just a few thoughts that may give you a sense of how I think about such things. The following Bible verse Proverbs 16:9 tells me I can relax about that and take risks in planning my future: ‘For the mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.’ I think this verse tells me that God gives me the option to plan to do the things I want, and then God interacts with my plans to accomplish his sovereign purpose. For that reason I may never know if my plans are ‘right’ until after the fact. I have principles, not a road map. Walking by faith means not seeing the ‘rightness’ of my plans, but believing that God is guiding it. That enables me to take more risks, try more new things, explore, dream, and pursue the ‘off the course’ course. Because I am increasingly convinced in the gracious purpose of God for me, and that God has given me the ‘go ahead’ to use my faculties to make choices, it helps me relax about the choices…
…Admittedly, not knowing the outcome of my plans can create stress. It takes a great deal of courage to grab the reigns of life and ride off into the wilderness, to live in the chaos of the uncertain. But I would rather live in the stress of uncharted seas in the cause of exploring and living, than in the tepid, stale waters of the charted, programmed life. Let me die trying something new. None of my choices are ever wasted.
– Steven E. Huhta (September 28, 1997)
Wise and encouraging words. I knew Steve only in a limited way since he lived farther away and I was only 14 when he died. I wish I’d known him as an adult.