It’s a question we’ve all asked. It’s a question that taunts and torments many in the dark of night …
What if it doesn’t work out? What if the unthinkable happens? What if I don’t get that job? What if my marriage doesn’t survive? What if we lose the house? What if the test results confirm a bad diagnosis? What if the kids really aren’t okay? What if I never get through this overwhelming grief and disappointment? What if I end up alone? What if I never overcome this addiction?
What if things never change and this is as good as it gets?
And those are just a few of them. There are others. There are “what if’s” so deep — so dark — so scary — that we dare not give them words. We dare not speak them out. Haunting “what if’s” that lurk in the deep recesses of our hearts and minds, barely touching the surface of our consciousness.
But they’re there. They’re there waiting for the first sign of trouble to pop up and scream “I told you so!” They’re the hidden joy-killers. The silent peace-snatchers. The diabolical hope-destroyers.
What if … ?
The Lord has been confronting some of my “what if’s” lately. Some I didn’t know were there. Some I thought I’d dealt with. Or I thought I knew better than to think such things in the first place. But in the dark–in the quiet–the reality of a few lingering fears have surfaced. My heart has betrayed me–revealing secret places of unrest and bringing light to the very issue the One who sees all knew all along …
I still don’t trust him as completely as I’d like to think I do.
I still don’t trust him as much as I want to.
But he is eternally patient with me. He is unfathomably kind. And in his patience and kindness, he has been challenging my “what if’s” with a few of his own …
What if he really is as good as he says he is?
What if I’ve heard only the faintest whispers of his greatness and glimpsed only the tiniest glimmers of his glory?
What if my eyes have not seen, my ears have not heard, and my mind has not conceived what he has prepared for me–and for all those who love him?
What if his grace is sufficient and he wins with any hand?
What if he restores double for all my losses and brings something more beautiful than I can fathom out of the ashes of every disappointment and failure?
What if he opens the storehouses of heaven and pours out such blessing I really can’t contain it?
What if I really am as blessed and highly favored as he says I am?
What if the God of Angel Armies is always for me and with me–and nothing is too hard for him?
What if despite discouraging circumstances and apparent detours, all his promises are still yes and amen?
What if goodness and mercy really will follow me all the days of my life?
What if suddenly I see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living?
What if the “Master Potter” is fashioning me into a vessel of honor for the display of his glory?
What if the plans he has for me and those I love are always for good–to give us hope and a future?
What if he really will do immeasurably more than all I can hope or imagine?
What if his love really N.E.V.E.R (ever) fails?
What if … ?
Go ahead and ask. I dare you …
15 thoughts on “What If?”
Awesome! Exactly what I needed!
I’m so glad. Thanks for letting me know 🙂 Blessings to you!
God has good timing – this is just what i needed at this point. Job interview coming up and in full-panic mode. Thank you for sharing.
God is so good, isn’t He? Praying for peace and favor over you as you prepare for your interview!
Oh, Cindy. This 7/29 post was exactly what I needed. Every one of those “What ifs” from our Heavenly Father is what I need to remember and believe and walk into today and every day ahead. This job hunting and renting living space in someone else’s home (as gracious & comfortable as it may be) needs to come to an end soon, by God’s grace. Thank you for saying it so very simply. Am thinking I need to take the statements and put the verse references beside them and post it on my mirror.
On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 7:17 AM, Simple Faith
Good to hear from you Donna. I am so very grateful the Lord ministered to you through the post. May all His great and precious promises bring much hope and strength to you in the days ahead!
Cindy, I love the way the Lord changed your perspective into positive and confirming “what if” truths. His truth always set us free, don’t they! I can so identify with the heart matters you shared. Thank you!
Amen Glenda. Things always look so much better from His point of view 🙂 Blessings to you!!
How faithful He is to keep renewing our mind and our thinking, aligning us and conforming us to His thoughts and ways.
I just forwarded this blog to a niece of mine who had such a discouraging day yesterday. I know she will be encouraged by this.
So sorry to hear of your niece’s struggle. I pray Jesus will immerse her in His love,, as He strengthens and encourages her heart ❤
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Hi Cindi, thanks for your excellent post. God inspired Pastor G and me to ask a similar question in our emotional recovery workbook for Christians: If your life circumstances don’t change, will that affect your relationship with God?
God wants us to transcend our life circumstances. That’s one of the ways we believers can endure to the end.
Hugs and blessings,
Thanks so much for your thoughts. Ultimately it all comes down to trust, doesn’t it? Hugs and blessings to you too!