My family and I have recently been going through a bit of a transition period. My husband and I have talked about this, prayed about this, and mulled the conversation over and over again.
Every time we wanted to go through with “next step things” we always had a “but what if” pop into our conversation.
“But what if the kids won’t be okay…”
“But what if it doesn’t work out…”
“But what if the kids don’t behave…”
“But what if we don’t have a peace about it…”
“But what if the change is too much”
But what if… But what if… But what if… Became our song. It became our family anthem.
On and on this went for about three years. Until one day I was listening to a preacher speaking on the subject of change. They said, “Today is a new day, you need a new song.” Psalm 40:3 says He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God, many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.My husband came home from work that day and I said to Him. “We need a new song. We need to turn the page.”
What we needed was to stop embracing the “but, what if’s” in our lives and completely turn them over to God.
What it came down to was our underlying fears. Isn’t fear often times the driving force behind our hang-ups. We say, “I would do that or I want to do that next thing but what if… something doesn’t go right. What if something happens that we are not prepared for?”
We fear the change. We fear the unknown.
We decided to hang our “but what if’s” up. We decided it was time for a new song. We decided it was time to TRUST GOD and HIS PLAN, not our own. Proverb 3:5-6 says, Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will make straight your paths.
We decided to go for it. We decided to jump in with both feet and land on the solid foundation of a GOD who is the rock of our Salvation. Psalm 62:6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.
We turned our song from but what if… it doesn’t work out
to… GOD WILL WORK IT OUT AND IT WILL BE GREAT.
Romans 8:28 says and we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.So we turned our, “we can’t figure this out” over to God. We trust, if we seek His will, and ask Him to serve His purposes through our lives knowing that for Him nothing is too hard, that he will straighten our path.
We had to ask ourselves these great BIG questions.DO WE TRUST GOD? DO WE BELIEVE HIS PROMISES TO US? DO WE BELIEVE THAT HE IS FAITHFUL?
YES! YES! YES!Then what if’s became… God is faithful. God blesses us for being obedient and trusting Him. God leads the way. God equips us for His work no matter where or what He is calling us to do.
Our problem with fear does one thing, it wraps around us. It grips us. It even sometimes paralyzes us from moving forward.When we release those fears to God and let Him take them. Let Him free us from the bondage. We have the open arms to embrace the next thing He has for us.
Now we move forward, not because of what we have done but what He has done through us and in us. Not because of our strength, but His strength being perfected in our times of weakness.
Today we sing a new song, a song of praise to the One who puts a song in our heart.Psalm 98:1a A Psalm. O sing to the Lord a new song; for He has done wonderful things.