When You Have the Gift of “What if”

I have the gift of “what if”. What if this happens? What if this would have happened? In life, the possibilities that loom, good and bad, seem endless.

Living in the “what ifs” robs us of the joy of today. When we are in the dark and don’t know what’s next, we must decide – will we be fear focused or faith focused?

Fear cries out. It is a tyrant. Fear is oppressive and harsh. It drains our hearts of hope. Fear laughs as our hands tremble.

When you have the gift of what if

Faith holds our trembling hands. Calms our racing heart. Faith reminds us of God’s promises. Faith inspires hope.

Either God is just a promise maker or He is a promise keeper. We must decide.

Faith reminds us that God is in control of our lives. I read this quote recently, “The Lord may not have planned that this should overtake me, but He has most certainly permitted it. Therefore, although it is an attack of an enemy, by the time it reaches me, it has the Lord’s permission and therefore all is well. He will make it work together with all of life’s experiences for good.”

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28, NLT

The Apostle Paul isn’t saying that all things that happen are good. Cause, sometimes life stinks. What he is saying is that God takes all of our life, good and bad, and works it for our good. 

Joey Feek, half of that sweet duo Joey + Rory, is dying of cancer. When she requested prayer for her healing, her request was a testimony to her faith in the sovereignty of God. “Pray for a miracle…and even more so, for peace with His decision.”

I believe Joey is faith focused.

Linking with…Kelly Balarie at Purposeful Faith, Holly Barrett at Testimony Tuesday , Crystal Storms at Intentional Tuesday and Susan B. Mead at #DanceWithJesus Friday


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  1. Loved this, Carmen. “…by the time it reaches me, it has the Lord’s permission and therefore all is well.” This life is both reigning with Him and suffering with Him. Grateful for His Grace in it all. #TellHisStory

  2. I love this so much, Carmen! It’s pretty cool how God can take something the enemy wants to use to hurt us, and turn it into something good in our lives instead. It doesn’t necessarily make those tough times easier, but it does take the fear element out and puts the faith element in. Thanks for sharing this!!