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What If?

Jeremiah 17:7-8

New Living Translation (NLT)

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
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.

 

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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.

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Seek the Life

Psalm 69:32
The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.

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Did you ever sit on the edge of a lake and search until you found that perfect rock?  You search and search.  You pick one up and put it back.  Then you find another one and get excited but it’s just not the perfect one. Finally your search comes to an end as you find the most perfect rock you have ever found.  Now, what do you do with this special rock?  You show it to your family and friends, you show it off as your newest treasure.  You are so proud of your rock you can hardly contain the joy.  Then what happens?

You get home, set it on shelf and forget about your treasure and you are on to the next best thing.  Before you know it you have a jar full of rocks, each unique in its’ presence yet still just a jar of memories you are saving for a rainy day.  Wow, does this sound at all like our walk with God on some occasions?  We seek and we seek until we find the perfect antidote to our issue and then we file it away somewhere only to visit it once in awhile because we have lost our joy and have fallen into the next trap Satan has set up for us.  If only we would treasure each rock we find and keep it close to our hearts.  If only we could claim each nugget of truth as our own personal treasure we could be so much farther in our walk and better prepared for the next encounter.

I sought after God for many years during my first marriage only each time I found joy I gained false hope because I used wisdom as a band-aid instead of a life application.  If only I had held on to God a little closer each time, perhaps my time in the valley would have been shorter.

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Holy Spirit intervention….stop with the “if onlys”  Change them to lessons learned

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I noticed that I was using a lot of “if onlys” in my blog and I needed to rephrase what I am speaking. We often use “if onlys” as a crutch to get us through and make it seem like we are off the hook, however we do more damage because  we are only hurting ourselves.  We need to see these gems as life lessons, treasures to be held close to our hearts for longer than just a moment in time, but for always.

Go ahead, search for those rocks.  Cling to them.  Roll them around in your hand.  Ponder in wonderment at their uniqueness.  Treasure them for their ability to make you smile.  Same with the God moments in your life.  Learn to glean the lesson and then apply those lessons to every aspect of your life.  True joy comes from knowing that at any given moment Satan could throw you into a tailspin but you can just smile because you can find that jar on the shelf, reach in and grab a stone to throw at your Goliath; laughing all the way to your next adventure because you already know we win every time with God, it’s in the Book!