What If?

What if God takes away the rain because we do not thank him for the flowers?
What if God takes away his gifts because I do not open them?
What if God takes away his Word because I do not believe and trust what he says?
What if God answers my prayers in a way I did not expect?
What if God had granted Jesus’ prayer when he asked to let the cup pass him by?
What if God allows me to feel utterly desolate?

What if the pain of broken relationships leaves me in utter dismay?
What if accusations and curses come from unexpected places?
What if losses are more than gains?
What if disappointments drain the life out of you and nightmares come true?

Vaneetha Rendall Rishner wrote the following in her blog:

Even if.
These two simple words have taken the fear out of life. Replacing “what if” with “even if” is one of the most liberating exchanges we can ever make. We trade our irrational fears of an uncertain future for the loving assurance of an unchanging God. We see that even if the worst happens, God will carry us. He will still be good. And he will never leave us.

Habakkuk models this exchange beautifully. Though he had pleaded with God to save his people, he closes this book with this exquisite “even if…”

Even though the fig trees have no fruit
and no grapes grow on the vines,
even though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no corn,
even though the sheep all die
and the cattle stalls are empty,
I will still be joyful and glad,
because the Lord God is my savior.
The Sovereign Lord gives me strength.
He makes me sure-footed as a deer,
and keeps me safe on the mountains.

Hab 3:17-19 (GNB)

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My Utmost for His Highest

Looking at my last blog of more than two years ago, I think it is time!

How precious time is, how easy to waste it. Oswald Chambers says that “God is the God of our yesterdays and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future.”

About tomorrow he says “God will keep watch so that we will not be tripped up again by the same failures…that God’s hand reaches out to the past, settling all the claims against our conscience.”

ImageToday? “You shall not go out with haste…” Let us go out with the patient power that God will send out before us. “It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.”

I started my blog two and a half years ago, at the birth of my first grandchild, Yara. What life she brought to me. Today I am in anticipation and expectant with the any-moment-now arrival of my grandson. How beautiful the promise of new life he unknowingly represents!

On this, the first day of 2013, may the LIFE of our saviour, Jesus Christ, be new and present in our thoughts, minds, bodies, and actions. May this year be “My utmost for His highest,” knowing He holds my future.