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Sometimes I am amazed at just how much imagination resides in my mind. I used to think it was only when my children were living at home but I am noticing these thoughts have not disappeared since they married. And maybe “imagination” is the wrong word. Perhaps the correct word is *cough, cough {worry} *cough, cough.

“Worry” as defined by > “to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts”.

Oh my, I do it to myself. I cannot even blame anyone else. The buck stops right here.

Most of the thoughts which flourish in my imagination, or I worry about, probably won’t even ever come to pass. Have you ever noticed that?

  • “What if he gets in a car accident and no one is on the road to know?”
  • “What if the stress of his job causes him to have a heart attack or a stroke?”
  • “How would I get to him in time?”
  • “What if she chokes on her food?”
  • “What if Jocelyn cracks her head open as she stands on her riding toy and scoots across the family room floor with what had to be record speed?” {{OK, this one does not count because this is a legitimate worry she did attempt this last week}}. And sorry, I did not grab my phone to take pictures for you all to see the panic on her face when she realized it was not a good idea.
  • “What if we have no one to take care of us as we grow old?”
  • “What if our house floods again?”
  • “What if someone breaks into our house while we are asleep?”

And these are the ones I will share. The more ridiculous ones, well, I will keep them to myself and they usually occur after I watch an episode of “Blacklist” by myself 🙂

Here’s the thing about worry … our minds run to the “what if’s” which don’t usually happen. I’m saying “we” because I really need to know I am not alone on this.

His friend Pooh did not laugh at him but after careful thought, responded so wisely, “Supposing it didn’t.”

Rather than letting our worries get the best of us, we need to walk in the truth – our days are in God’s hands. I read this most familiar passage in The Message, where Jesus gives us this wisdom:

“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.” (Matthew 6:33-34, MSG)

Did you see the advice right there? “Don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen.” We waste precious time when we get worked up over what may not happen. We have no control either way. What we do have is God’s promise to be right there with us, giving the help to deal with whatever may come.

Today when I start with the “what if’s” and “supposing”, I think I will say to myself …

“Supposing it didn’t.”

And I’ll concentrate on the right now.


Today I am joining … Tell His Story and Three Word Wednesday and Wedded Wednesday and Women With Intention and Wednesday Prayer Girls .