About five or so years after college graduation, I met an incredible man. Even before our first date I described him to a friend as, “the date of the century.” It was a whirlwind there for a few weeks. The problem was that 6 weeks after we met, I was moving out of the state and going to graduate school. What was going to happen? Would we be able to sustain this relationship long distance? I was worried and my twenty six year-old infatuated mind could think of little else. These questions about my unknown future weighed me down and grew as my move date loomed.
During that final week together, I happened upon an antique bookstore in the middle of a full-on worry session. I perused the books and picked one off the shelf: West-Running Brook by Robert Frost. I opened the book and gasped. There was nothing on the left page. The right page held only the following words:
Let the night be too dark for me to see
Into the future. Let what will be be.
I bought the book right then and there. Please indulge me while I recap for dramatic effect. I was worried, I walked into a bookstore, pulled one book of the shelf and the ONLY writing on both pages was a quote that spoke directly to my worry and gave me peace. It was the first time in my life I felt God was speaking right to me.
I pull that book off the bookshelf now when I start to worry. It reminds me that someone is looking over me. It reminds me that worry is pointless because what will be will be.
In case you were wondering, fiat knox is Latin for “let there be darkness”. And yes, I married “the date of the century” a little over four years later.