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Staring into the Face of the Known

Below is an article by Anna Kail. Be sure to check out the information about Established, the women’s ministry of Threshold, at the bottom of the page!

I have found myself staring into the face of the Unknown. I see nothing but this face and it is filled with questions, none of them answered, but all of them calling out making sure that I don’t forget how much I do not know. This face is expressionless, ashen in complexion, with a glassy-eyed stare. There is no life here.

I stand with a suitcase in each hand; suitcases full of my hopes and dreams. I don’t know when and where I will be able to unpack them, but I hope desperately to keep them safe in my hands where they cannot be lost or misplaced.

I look around frantic for a respite and I see another face; a face waiting to be recognized. It is the face of the Known. While the depths of this face and all that it carries are limitless, it is immediately marked by one thing: faithfulness. It is the face of Him, the faithful one, the One in whom all is known.


As I gaze into this face, I am struck by the life here. The Known engages me warmly with eyes full of love, a mouth quick to smile, and an expression that reflects joy.

I realize that when I shift my focus to the face of the Known, the face of the Unknown begins to fade from view. I begin to understand that I can choose the company I will keep, but I cannot keep both. I can only make eye contact with one.

Should I choose the Unknown, I will be overwhelmed by the lack of answers and the fear that accompanies the “what if?” I will drown in a sea of anxiety. I will grow weary from seeking answers from a face that simply stares back at me, mocking me, offering me nothing but more of the same futility.

But if I choose the Known, oh if I choose the Known, there is so much life. The Known is my Father. The presence of the Known is a safe place, a place of peace and refuge. The Known has all of the answers and will reveal them in the perfect time. And until that time, I know that He is faithful. If I know nothing else, that is enough.

And so I choose to fix my eyes on the face of the Known and to pursue the limitless depths of all that He is. The unknown has no power over me.

The unknown will become known.

There will come a time when I can unpack my suitcases and I will see each hope and dream taken out, examined, seen in every detail, and put in the proper place. It may be all at once or it may be one at a time. But it doesn’t matter, not really, because He knows and that is all I need.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

-Matthew 11:28

Established is a ministry of Threshold Church developed for the purpose of bringing women into relationship with God and community with one another.  We are dedicated to seeing all women rooted in the love of Jesus Christ and living in the freedom and purpose that He provides. 

For more information about Established check out our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/EstablishedWomen or visit the Threshold Church information table.



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    […]  Another day, I was tired by the unknowns and God can handle my questions -I am so thankful for that. It was in that time of reassuring that I came across an article written by a dear gal that I have the privilege of calling a friend. I would try to describe the article, but honestly it would not do it real justice. In hopes of getting you to read it though, I am going to try. She shared how God challenged her to look away from the ugly face of the unknowns into the peaceful face and eyes of THE Known – Jesus.   http://threshold-church.com/staring-into-the-face-of-the-known/ […]


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