In many ways I live in the world of what-ifs. I can't tell you how many times I find myself thinking well what-if this happens or what-if that happens. If I am going through a particular situation I will try to think of all the what-ifs and how I will prepare myself for each what-if. When my husband and I will discuss certain things that we are walking through I will often say "But Joel what-if this happens" or "what-if that happens"? I try to get him to walk through every possible fictional scenario and our imaginary responses. One thing about my husband-he doesn't live in the world of what-ifs. His response is always "well we will see if it happens and go from there." This is not satisfactory to me. I don't want to wait to see what happens I want to know now what I will do in each and every imaginary situation-how I will respond-and what the pretend outcome will be. Crazy, I know. For a long time I tried to tell myself that it was because I just wanted to be prepared but the real truth is it's not that at all. The dirty truth is that as I'm living in my world of what-ifs I am also cohabitating with worry. I wasn't really preparing for my what-if scenario I was more filling my head with worry for what could possibly be and dreading things that have never even happened. When I look up the word worry in the dictionary it says this: Worry-a worried condition or feeling; uneasiness or anxiety.
Uh oh-anxiety? What is defined as anxiety.
Anxiety-distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.
Now my simple world of what-ifs was really leading me from worry to anxiety and fear. We all know that those things cause stress and uneasiness in our lives. By simply thinking about what I would do if I encountered a problem I was really creating a whole new set of problems for myself. When I stop and think of it that way I realize just how ridiculous it is.
Then we move to what the Bible says on the matter. This is from the Message version.
"Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."
So truthfully giving up my world of what-ifs is trusting that whatever will come up God will be there to help me through it. I love how it says to steep your life in God-reality and God-provisions. That means that instead of my what-ifs my what-is reality is that God is always with me, will never leave me, and will always provide for me. This is challenging me to daily surrender my what-ifs for my what-is and who God is and who He always will be-which is all I'll ever need. So long what-ifs!