Do you realize how powerful those words are? And threatening? And full of the unknown?
What if we treated one another like we really cared about one another?
What if we lived out what we say we believe?
What if we became deathly sick tomorrow?
What if our greatest fears came true?
What if the sun did rise in the morning?
What if we closed our eyes and opened them again?
What if our hearts were broken?
What if we loved anyway?
There's a thousand different questions which could begin with "what if" and none of them could come true, or all of them could. We want to believe the good ones will, but we want to ignore the bad ones.
The thing is, the "what if" question game we play with our minds is difficult because some of those things need to be considered, faced, and dreamed. Yet, some of them need to be released. But which is which?
When we fabricate fear we keep ourselves from seeing when true fear speaks to us. When we fabricate fear the little things become big things. When we fabricate fear the dreams seem impossible. When we fabricate fear all we can do is consider "what if."
But if we face the questions with honesty, truth, and faith God will walk us through everything, then "what if" falls away.
Hard things will happen, difficulties will come our way, our hearts will be broken: sometimes there's nothing which will stop these things from happening. They happened to millions of people just this past week. But then what?
Then the sun will rise in the morning.
Then our God will hold us close to get us into the next day.
Then our eyes will open again after we close them for the night.
And our dreams? Well, maybe an acceptance starts to come where we trust God will show us the way, He will use whatever happens, and we simply continue stepping toward what our heart pulls us toward.
Maybe it's all simply a mixture of preparing for the bad as much as we can, dreaming of the good as we see it, and trusting God with whatever comes.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21)