This weekend I will be blessed with seeing another birthday, and I find myself wondering about the “what if’s” of my life. And we all know that tends to be a black hole of doubt, fear, regret, and most times depression. I was beginning to wonder, what if I was to get sick? Or what if my children or husband was to get hurt? What if I lose my job? What if I lose my hair? What if I lose my mind? Dementia and Alzheimer’s do run in my family. And since I am one step closer to forty, I wonder how I will be as a middle aged woman. Aargh! Okay, enough of all that. Right? We all have had these “what if” moments at different times in our lives, and we all struggle to wrap our heads around what our past has taught us about how we are in the present. But, the difference now is that when I have these “what if” moments, the God in me reminds me to say, “So What! Greater is He that’s within you than what or who is in this world!”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
By a show of hands, how many of you have had the “what if” moment this week? I raise my hand proudly because I recognize that I am a flawed human being who must lean heavily on my savior, Jesus Christ. Yes, I struggle daily to make the right choices, and honestly I fail daily too. The “what if” moments happen because I realize that I am not perfect or immortal. But thankfully I serve a God who is. And He forgave me for my sins a long time ago. The problem is, we always find it hard to forgive ourselves.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corithians 10:13
Instead of having your “what if” moments let’s have our moments of victory. When we think “what if” this was to happen, we should instead say, yet I overcame that and now I am wiser for it. We all know there is no guarantees from strife, but why waste time worrying about what we truly do not know will happen. Even if we are facing a bad report, or a bad situation, God has proven to be more than able to turn it all around for our good. There is nothing on this earth that He has not seen already and taken care of. We are the ones who do not know. This is why we are tasked to have Faith.
Finally, I would like to leave you with this thought, What if you walked by faith and not by sight? What if you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you? What if you are more than a conqueror? What if the best is yet to come? Each birthday is a blessing for all of us, because every time we open our eyes we know there is more work to do. And that means that my, “What if’s” become unlimited possibilities and no longer set backs. You got this!