Illusionist Zach Wilke

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The Lesson of Unknowns

Right now I am sitting in an airport in Houston headed back to Chicago for my second semester of my second year at the Moody Bible Institute. It has been an awesome Christmas break home with my family that consisted of lots of Star Wars, eating, and shows. It was so cool to be able to bring the show to a few new locations and watch God do some awesome things including a young boy choosing to follow Christ. It BLOWS me away when God is working right in front of me.

However, I am at a time in my life where it seems every direction I look in my life it is unknowns. I am surrounded by questions such as “What are your plans after school?” “How many shows will you have on this summer’s tour?” or “Is what you are doing safe?” As I hear these questions constantly around me I find a certain frustration stirs by the overwhelming amount of unknowns in my life. Being a type A planner like myself you can see why I would be frustrated. I want to know what my life looks like in 5 years. I want to know that I have a summer full of shows. I wish I knew my plans after school. The keyword for this stage of my life seems to be the word “unknown.” BUT I think there is something healthy about this. There is something healthy with a frustration stirring inside. This frustration requires us to look to God and simply let Him lead. Of course I have heard that statement a thousands of times and tried to figure out what it actually means. How does that statement get put into action. It has come to my realization that following God’s leading doesn’t mean waiting for a huge mountaintop moment where God calls me down a certain path. Following God more practically looks like going through the monotony of life keeping my eyes on the back of Jesus’ head. Going the directions it seems God is directing and if that is the wrong decision, He will send a whale. Hopefully not literally…

Dependency on God is fueled by the unknowns in our lives. So when I find myself getting frustrated I simply have to step back and know God has a plan and HE WILL lead me as he sees fit. As Proverbs 16:9 clearly states, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” It also has to be noted that the question about safety is not a fair question at all. C.S. Lewis said it best when talking about his Christ figure  , Aslan, in his Narnia series, “He is not safe but he is good.” God does not promise an easy painless life. BUT He promises hope like no other, unparalleled redemption, and relentless grace.

All this is to say, enjoy life, don’t get caught up in the unknowns, and live faithfully for God. He will do the rest. I am speaking to myself as much as anyone who reads this. May we continue our lives living Deceived No More.


For His Glory,


  • Lydia Spellings on January 9, 2016

    It has been such a blessing to watch you grow up, you’re such a wonderful example to so many youth.
    This article is so well articulated and expresses well what you’re going through on many levels, spiritually, emotionally and mentally. I’m proud of you. Even those of us who aren’t that close to you hold you in high regard. Keep it up, God has big plans. Oh, and it’s OK to be scared, you have the courage to walk through the unknown.

  • Jeanna Suttle on January 9, 2016

    Great message, and eloquent words Zach! Thanks for sharing. You remain in our prayer

  • Joyce Perry on January 9, 2016

    You are such an awesome young man! Stay the path…press onward and upward! Sharing your words!!

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