“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Mathew 6:34 MSG

Are you giving your entire attention to what God is doing in your life right now, or are you caught up in the what if’s?

I caught an interview yesterday with a mother of an eleven year old deaf son who had been saved from a house fire by his dog. With the exception of smoke damage, and some terrifying moments of fear for the safety of her son, all had ended well.

The thing that captivated me in this story was the last question that was posed to the mother; “Do you think about what could’ve been?”

I went very still, leaning in to hear her answer. Here was a mother who was on the other side of the what if’s and I wanted to hear what she had to say.

Because here’s the thing, as women we tend to live in the what if’s more than the present.

We fast forward to the worst thing, the most devastating thing that could happen and that is where we sit.

Paralyzed. Frozen in fear. With merely a thread of faith.

When our husband doesn’t answer his phone, we’ve already moved into accusation mode. Where is he? Who is he with? Is he doing something he shouldn’t be? Or worse, what if something has happened to him? How will I make it without him?

Or that child is late coming home, and you are already planning a funeral, imagining the worst, and trying to figure out how you will be able to survive.

And the health problem you may be facing, you have stepped out into the what if’s before you’ve even gathered all the information.

We all have a thing. That something that drives us to the what if’s. That steeps us in worry and causes our faith to tremble. Whether it’s in your marriage, with your children, a job, your financial future, change of location, or adjusting to a “new normal”.

And we miss the joy, the blessings, the gifts in the moment. The very place God has called us to be. Present in today. Trusting Him in the tomorrows.

Trusting and having faith in Him. Looking up instead of out into a future we have worried ourselves into.

Having faith and believing if the very worst thing happens, He will be there. He will be in that place with you.

I’m guilty of getting caught up in the what if’s. Guilty of hanging on to worry with clenched fists.

There is freedom in letting it go, living in today, and trusting Him in the what if’s of tomorrow.

God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Trust in that. Hold on to it. Claim it with full intentionality!

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” Luke 12:25 NIV

Graced by God

Tammy Mashburn