Do you ever play the what if game? What if I am never healed. What if I never write the book I have dreamt of my whole life. What if my husband cheats on me. What if my child dies. What if I lose my home. What if there is a terrorist attack in my city. What if I never lose this extra weight. What if I can't afford to send my kids to college. What if they don't stay pure. What if they get stuck in a life of drugs or alcohol. What if they get molested or raped. What if I can't pay next months bills. What if everyone leaves the church. What if my mom gets dementia. What if my dog gets hit by a car. What if my car gets totaled with no insurance to pay for it. What if, what if, what if... The list of what if's can be endless.
I know some of these are dramatic, some are more serious than others, but in reality they could happen. All of the above things I have seen happen up close and personally to people I know and love. They are all real and heart breaking things. Yet I know God doesn't want me to live in fear of the unknown. He doesn't want me to worry about what hasn't yet happened. What does He want me to do with these thoughts and fears? Take them to Him. Sit quietly, (did you notice I say that a lot?) read your Bible, and pray. Pray about all these fears and then some. God isn't stressed out to hear our crazy, panicky, fearful thoughts. In fact it tells us in Psalm 139 that he knows our thoughts while they are still far off, meaning we haven't even thought them yet.
Take the time to sit quietly, because it's hard to hear his voice in the loud, busy, distracting day that most of us have. Sit quietly and pray. Ask God all your questions, tell Him all your fears. Read His Words (The Bible). Meditate on His Words. (Not the yoga, ohm type of meditation.) Sit and think about what you read, and I know 2 things are going to happen. 1. He is going to answer you. 2. He is going to deliver you from your fears. He may not make things perfect, or even stop any of those awful things from happening in your life. He will make it so you aren't afraid of the What If's, and that if any of them do ever come to your life, you will be secure in the Love of Christ. You will be secure and can know He will walk you through anything and use it for your good and His glory.
“I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalms 34:4 HCSB
“Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; You understand my thoughts from far away.” Psalms 139:1-2 HCSB
“You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You.” Isaiah 26:3 HCSB
“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 HCSB
Dear God, Thank you that I can come to you with all my worries, fears, what ifs, and I don't scare you off at all. Thank you that even if these things happen, you will be with me, helping me, teaching me, growing me, through it all. I love you God and I don't ever want to live a moment of my life without you in control, guiding me, comforting me, helping me through it all. In Jesus Name, Amen