I was struggling with a serious case of the “what ifs.” The destructive kind. The kind of “what if” that relates to worry and fear. As I was processing it with my sisters, one of them commented that she thinks God has his own set of what if questions and that I should ponder those. She is a wise woman, so I took her up on the suggestion. The following morning I searched the Bible, and this is what I found.
What if He knows the plans for us, plans to prosper us and to give us a hope and a future. What if He goes before us and is our rear guard. What if He never leaves us nor forsakes us. What if we seek Him with all our hearts and we find Him. What if He gave us a spirit of power, of love, and a sound mind instead of fear. What if we cry for help and He says, Here I am. What if we call and He answers. What if we thirst and hunger for righteousness and are filled. What if He sets the captives free. What if He takes great delight in me. What if he quiets me with His love and rejoices over me with singing. What if He redeems us from the pit and crowns us with love and compassion. What if we trust in His unfailing love. What if the plans of the Lord stand firm forever. What if He gives us the desires of our heart and makes all of our plans succeed. What if He anointed me to preach good news to the poor. What if we were blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation. What if we shined like stars in the universe.
If, and only if, who else would be saved. Who else would be found blameless. Who else would prosper. Who else would find joy and peace and love. Who else would know His love. Who else would live.