The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith. The beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety. ~ George Muller
I read once that no more than ten percent of what we worry about ever happens. In the meantime, instead of making forward progress toward our goals or investing energy into relationships, we’ve wasted countless hours dwelling on the what ifs.
What if I get sick? What if I lose my job? What if I never get married or my child has a birth defect or a publisher rejects my manuscript? What if it rains on the day I plan a big outdoor event? What if I’m late for that appointment or get a runner in my nylons on the way to an interview? What if there are bacteria lurking in my lettuce?
I’m a writer and I have a vivid imagination when it comes to answering the what if question! But focusing on improbable future events is paralyzingly … and denies God’s power to act on our behalf.
In her book Calm My Anxious Heart, author Linda Dillow offers a strategy to derail the what ifs. She suggests facing them head on. Go ahead and imagine the absolute worst thing that can happen. Then picture God there to carry, comfort, and care for you. Would you survive the worst thing after all? I thought so.
Once you’ve faced the fearful what ifs and discovered they aren’t as bad as you once thought, then roll up your sleeves and get to work on the things you can control and leave the future in God’s capable hands.
What about you? Are you a worrier? What’s the worst thing you can imagine happening? Could God see you through?