Shel Silverstein, long one of my favorite poets, penned a poem entitled WhatIf. It begins, “Last night, while I lay thinking here,
some Whatifs crawled inside my ear and pranced and partied all night long and sang their same old Whatif song: Whatif I’m dumb in school? Whatif they’ve closed the swimming pool? Whatif I get beat up? Whatif there’s poison in my cup? Whatif I start to cry? Whatif I get sick and die?”
Instead of breaking up the late night party, we join in, serve refreshment, turn the music up and add our own lyrics!
Our grownup version tends to go more like this: Whatif I can’t pay my rent? Whatif all my money’s spent? What if my spouse decides to leave? What if my children begin to deceive? What if the doctor gives me a cancer scare? What if I lose all my hair? What if my house is taken away? What if I die and this is my last day…? What if my child is born with defect? What if my teenagers are in a wreck? And so on…you know how it goes.
I challenge you to change the tune completely and consider these lyrics: What if God is, as His Word says, in control? What if God is omniscient? What if God is omnipresent and is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9)? What if God has a plan for your welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11)? What if with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26)? What if God’s Word does not return empty but, rather, accomplishes His purpose and succeeds in the thing for which He sent it (Isaiah 55:8-11)? What if in His hand is the life of everything (Job 12:10)? What if God is faithful and will provide (1 Corinthians 10:13)? What if nothing is too hard for Him (Jeremiah 32:27) and what if you can do all things through Him (Philippians 4:13)? What if God will strengthen, help and uphold you (Isaiah 41:10)? What if all that seems to be meant evil towards you God means it for good (Genesis 50:20)?
What if you stopped worrying and started trusting?
Silverstein ends his poem, “Everything seems well, and then the nighttime Whatifs strike again!”
When the Whatifs strike you, strike back with the Word of your Lord! Stop worrying. Start trusting.
THIS WEEK take captive every thought (2 Corinthians 10:5) including your whatifs! Replace each with a promise from God.
The Whatifs: A Silverstein Poem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plxOibb0L0s