What if? By Robin Dotson
John 16:33, I John 5:14, Isaiah 41:13
Do you ever ask, "What if?"
What if this happens? What if that happens? Even what if this doesn't happen? I think we all worry about something.
I haven't totally conquered my tendency to worry (actually I think I may have inherited that tendency). But in the pasta, I have worried about things in my control and things out of my control. Then one day I read an article about the subject of worry and the author asked the question, “If we worry constantly, do we really have faith and believe God is truly in control of our lives?”
Fortunately, I read this article before my cancer diagnosis and treatment. I believe God put the article in my path to prepare me for what I would eventually face and put life into perspective. I can truly say I put one foot in front of the other and trusted God to see me through my situation. I am not patting myself on the back because it was totally out of my control, so that made it easier to rely on God solely and not on myself.
Then came life afterwards. After I finished treatment, like most patients I realized I had been fighting for months and months and suddenly said to myself, what now?
Do I just go home and worry about if this disease will return?
My sweet and caring oncologist said to me..."You go home and live your life!"
Those were profound words to me that day. That is exactly what I decided to do.
I thought it would be interesting to look up synonyms and antonyms for the word worry.
Synonyms for worry:
None of these words sound very good to me.
Antonyms for worry:
These words sound so much better.
I have come a long way the last couple of years in realizing I don't control my life. I want to live my life to the fullest every day and let God work in and through me. I don't want to live a life of "what ifs" that may or may not happen.
I am striving to become a prayer warrior rather than a worrier these days.
God has shown me some verses in the Bible that have given me the assurance of peace and direction in my life. These are verses that are comforting to me and calm my fears about the things of this world.
John 16:33 - These things have I spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
I John 5:14 - And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.
Isaiah 41:13 - For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
I can call out to God in times of worry and He is faithful to hear my prayer.
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
The courage to change the things I can, and
the wisdom to know the difference.
"What if" we put our total trust in the One who gave this life to us to live in Him and for His purpose?