Every now and then I get caught up in the what-if’s. This afternoon was just such an occasion. I was worrying about something to the point that Neal asked me what was wrong. I unloaded my fears. “What if this happens….what if this doesn’t happen…?” Neal listened and reminded me that God is in control. I said, “I know but what if…..?” And I proceeded to try to get him to understand all my reasons for being concerned. He finally said,
“Even if the very worst scenario happens, God will be by your side and I’ll be on your other side.”
Okay, that was powerful. How comforting to know that, no matter what, God will never leave me and neither will my husband. That truth helped me take a deep breath and let go of the useless worrying. I thank God for His promise to always be with me (Heb. 13:5). I thank God for Neal’s wisdom and his commitment to caring for me. I know that next time my “anxieties multiply within me” (Psa. 94:19), I will recall the peace-giving image of God and Neal flanking either side of me.
I wonder how many others need those words said to them? I can think of individuals I know who are hurting and could probably use the reminder that they’re not alone. May I never get so caught up in my own little world that I neglect to comfort those around me. That’s part of the purpose of the church, right (Heb. 10:24-25)? I love knowing that I could go to another Christian with my fears or failures and be reminded of God’s faithfulness and their love. May I ever strive to be that Christian for others, too. I may not be able to solve problems or make the pain go away, but I can certainly hug more, pray more, and remind more that “God will be by your side and I’ll be on your other side.”
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another…1 Pet. 4:8.
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My husband of forty-two years and I were discussing this very topic with some young friends of ours, a married couple, just today. It is amazing that both couple’s families are experiencing similar concerns; unfaithful family members, elderly parent and grandparent (memory) care, loss of family, loss including parents and children three years and another just a few days old… the list seemed to grow as we talked. We admitted being overwhelmed at times. We have prayed, cried, become disappointed, frustrated, and discouraged, but at the end of our discussion, we agreed, we know, without a doubt, that God is our source of help for those times you feel helpless and heartbroken, and you don’t have a solution to what you are facing. As difficult as it is to let go, there is a time to pray and to trust God to get you through, to seek support from your spiritual family, and to wait on God, our constant help. Sometimes that is all you can do, but it is a powerful and faithful help that will not end.
Beautiful thoughts, Connie! Thank you so much for reading and for sharing those comments!
Love this! Thank you for being my blessing today! 💜 T
On Sun, Jul 22, 2018 at 5:33 PM, Life and Favor (Job 10:12) wrote:
> Kathy Pollard posted: “Every now and then I get caught up in the > what-if’s. This afternoon was just such an occasion. I was worrying about > something to the point that Neal asked me what was wrong. I unloaded my > fears. “What if this happens….what if this doesn’t happen…?” >
Thank you, Teri! And thank you for reading!
That is a lovely and powerful thought! The whole Bible is full of proof that God will be on our side in the “worst.” And he absolutely does manifest his love to us through other people, too!
Great thoughts! Thank you for reading and commenting!
Thank you, Kathy!