How would you complete that sentence?
I could complete it in a hundred ways.
A vivid imagination can be a blessing at times, but, when your mind seems to respond to new situations by trying to foresee every possible outcome and come up with a plan to deal with them, it can seem like more of a curse.
At times the questions torment me… spinning round and round inside my mind:
What if people judge me?
What if they laugh at me?
What if I try and fail?
What if I’m rejected?
What if I’m not good enough?
What if it doesn’t work out?
What if I’ve heard God wrong?
What if this is all a big mistake?
If I listen to these questions for too long, I’ll give in to fear, lock myself away, play it safe, keep quiet.
But if I manage to quiet this voice and choose to listen, sometimes I manage to hear another voice, whispering through the turmoil – the voice of hope – presenting another set of questions:
What if God can use this?
What if God is calling you?
What if this makes a difference, even for a few people?
What if God has a purpose in this that is bigger than you can see right now?
What if you let fear hold you back from what God is calling you to do?
The thing is: there’s only one way to find out. We don’t always have a guarantee that it will go well, even if God is calling us, but, if we believe he is calling us, there isn’t a choice. We have to step out.
I know that my constant, “What if…”s are rooted in a desire for control, but I need to accept that I’m not really in control.
And I need to remind myself that the one who is in control is absolutely trustworthy. If he is calling, he will enable, and if I’m wrong, he will be there to catch me.
When it comes down to it, the real question is:
What if you trust him?
This is an adapted version of a Five Minute Friday post from June 2018. It is a message I need to remind myself of this week, and I hope it encourages you too!