Last time I wrote I mentioned I was reading a handful of books. One of those books was titled "What If" by Mark Batterson. We are using it in our Sunday night small group as our study.
The author opens with a story about a kiss he shared with his wife atop the Eiffel Tower and all the 'what ifs' that led up to that moment and all the ones that could have prevented it.
When you break down any pivotal moment into a series of 'what ifs', what you'll find is that it's nothing short of amazing how anything manages to happen at all. How one tiny alteration can shift all the other moments until you're on a different path completely. No where near where you intended to be. And while that can be a fun pastime, wondering 'what if' about moments from our past, it can also trap us in a cycle of worry when we 'what if' about our future.
"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?" ~ Luke 12:25
What if my kids get sick? What if I oversleep? What if I don't get the job? What if I fail the test? What if? What if? What if?
I propose one final 'what if'. . . What if you give it to God?
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God." ~ Phillipians 4:6
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." ~ Proverbs 3:5
Present your 'what if' situation to God and trust in the Lord with all your heart. This means give it to him and then let him keep it. Don't try to 'what if' it back. Accept the peace he offers in letting go.
"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in everyway." ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:16
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts..." ~ Colossians 3:15
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." ~ John 14:27
God doesn't work with 'what if'. He is omniscient. There is no mystery. He doesn't have to wonder. He knows. He designs. He orchestrates events. Relax my friend. You're in good hands.
I'm Jennifer and I am so glad to meet you! I am a working mother of 4 children, surrogate mother of 2 children's boyfriends, a few children's best friends, a god-son, a prayer pal and a very special boy who smelled his way into my heart. Our home is open and all are welcome here.