“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, and we were underneath it?” said Piglet. “Supposing it didn’t”, said Pooh, after careful deliberation.
A.A. Milner, Creator of Winnie the Pooh Bear
Like Piglet, I have this tendency to create problems that don’t exist…yet. I begin to contemplate a forthcoming event and my imagination instantly throws up a handful of disasters. I become psychic, telling you what you’re going to do or say in response to me.
Sometimes, I think my way out of action—out of blessings. Maybe you’ve said something similar…
“If I ask, I already know she’s going to say ‘no’.”
“If I take that job with lots of travel, he may try to get full custody of the kids.”
“If I take that job with lots of travel, my kids won’t know me, love me.”
“What if she actually gets accepted to that school? I can’t afford that tuition…”
As has happened far too many times to count, an incident with my kids snapped me back into reality. My daughter was doing the same whiny “what if” dance; creating scenarios that don’t even exist. I cut her off at the turn, “Stop with the “What Ifs” and tell me about the “But Gods.” I lean in with a wagging finger and tell her that the “what ifs” of tomorrow are keeping her from living today.
So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:34 AMP).
Before the sun went down, I found myself contradicting my own advice; trying to beat a blueprint out of heaven before I can move on something; plummeting Holy Spirit with my own set of “what ifs”. And then I heard my own words ring in my ears: The “what ifs” of tomorrow are keeping you from living today.
I’m then reminded that this Christian walk is actually a Faith walk. It’s an ocean of “what ifs.” We can either wear ourselves out treading water or choose to simply float- exercising the trust we claim to have in the Father.
But without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
The “what ifs” can be intimidating; paralyzing even. But if we desire to live an extraordinary life in Christ, He’s going to take us to the edge. He’s going to present the “impossible – but God” situations. Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for Him in that which we can do- solve- change in our own strength.
God loves the impossible.
Faith begins where our power ends. The Bible commands that we not only “live by faith,” but that we are to go from “Faith to Faith” (Romans 1:17) That means that “the measure of faith”, which each of us received when we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, should be constantly growing to greater and greater degrees.
That means deeper oceans and steeper walks on the edge. It requires remembering past examples of how He cancelled out the “what ifs” for a “but God” ending. It promises an extraordinary life of impossibles made possible. It provides another opportunity to please God.
If we concentrate on these facts- and trust that our future is secure in God we might be more inclined to live in the present. Imagine what you could accomplish if you lived each day void of the “what ifs”, and expecting the impossible to be made possible. What if you could float through this life in the divine confidence that Jesus wants more for you than you have ever dreamt (1 Corinthian 2:9)?
What does that life look like to you?
SCRIPTURES REFERENCED ABOVE
Romans 1:17 KJV, For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV, However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him–
Matthew 6:25-34 (AMP)
Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life? And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all. But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.