New Living Translation (NLT)
7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
and they never stop producing fruit.
What if we lost our jobs? What if we lost our spouse? What if we experienced the death of a child? What if we lost our home? What if we lost our means of transportation? Is your head spinning? This is how so many of us get consumed in the merry-go-round of the what ifs. When we begin to dwell on the countless possibilities in life we begin to lose focus on what should be the center of it all….Jesus. When we choose to let all of these things bombard our thinking processes, we clearly have gone of the deep end of faith. It seems as if we have swam to the opposite side of the pool for whatever reason just to escape the blessings God wants us to receive.
We spend so much time dwelling on the what ifs in life that we can barely see God working in our lives at all. When we constantly wonder about what will happen next we do not allow ourselves to fully walk by faith. Sure we should be prepared in case disaster strikes, however, if we are truly walking by faith, trusting God then when these things happen we should remain calm. We should be able to say, “Okay God, show me the way.” We should be able to find peace in any circumstance as it is said by Paul in Philippians
:12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,[c] who gives me strength.14 Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.
What if disaster stuck you in the most horrible way possible tomorrow, would you be ready to surrender it all to God knowing He was in control? I am not sure if I even have enough faith to say I would be okay. Perhaps I would do some freaking out at first until I could get my mind and my spirit to connect. I am fully aware God is in control of my life, however, given a disaster right in front of me would I handle it properly? Would God have the answers for me right away or would He purposely not tell me anything to see if I will seek Him for wisdom in the situation?
All I know is that in this moment of time I stand surrendered. I am willing to allow God to stretch and grow me. I may not understand it all and perhaps that is for my own good. I just know that it is crucial not to get ahead of God. Sometimes when we get caught up in the what ifs we go into panic mode, tune out God and try to figure out our next move all on our own…..never a good idea. I will remain standing here waving my little white flag until God shows me the next move, knowing full well He has my best interests in mind.