Tuesday, September 4, 2012
I’m headed to speak this weekend at a state women’s conference. I am giddy. I have been praying and preparing for months. I have been thinking about the ladies I will get to meet, praying for their safe travels, and praying God opens all of our hearts and ears to what He has to teach us.
When I say I have been praying and preparing for months, that is a literal statement. Months. And now, it comes down to two days away and…. I feel unprepared. I feel a bit anxious. I am uncertain about my final point. And if I allow it to begin, the doubting questions creep in and get loud. Really loud.
What if I don’t offer a message they can relate to? What if I have missed the Holy Spirit’s guidance in the points to draw on? What if they don’t leave my workshop empowered and open to God’s calling? What if I get off my notes and ramble senselessly? (That could actually happen, so… valid concern.) What if I have imagined God’s calling on my life and it was all MY imagination? What if? What if?
I know. You have already called it. Satan is quite busy. The confusion, the uncertainty, the doubt…those are not of God. Just the opposite to be exact.
When we are stepping out of our comfort zone to do God’s work, Satan is not going to sit idly by. Because when we obey God’s calling, God is about to receive the glory He deserves. And isn’t that always the desired goal? When I pause to recognize Satan’s lies and attempts at deception, I stop listening to his questions. I start asking God’s what if’s.
What if a hurting woman learns she has a Best Friend who will never leave her? What if a young lady finds out she has great value to God, and chooses purity over seeking a boy’s approval? What if a young mother leaves feeling empowered that God sees what a great job she is doing, and her kid’s reap the benefits of her new-found confidence? What if a widowed woman realizes God still has a plan for her and great plans for her future?
What if lives are changed for the better and God receives amazing glory and credit? What if? What if?
It occurred to me the What If game doesn’t only exist when I go to speak. It happens anytime any of us take a chance, a risk, to obey God. It can be something seemingly small to you, but will have huge impact on God’s plan for you and for others. Possibly even eternal significance for someone else.
A couple of weeks ago our Pastor spoke on Peter stepping out of the boat and walking on the water with Jesus. Scripture does not tell us that Peter paused to ask what if? before taking that first step. He just stepped. Outside of the boat.
I love what Pastor said about Peter’s steps. We have to get out of the boat. That is where Jesus is. Miracles happen outside of the boat.
I’m ready to see miracles. I want to see lives changed for the better. I want to see God receive all the glory He is worthy of. And I am done listening to the wrong what if? questions. I want to be outside the boat…. because that is where Jesus is.
Do you ever play the What If game?