It's a question I feel like we are all prone to ask. What if I said yes, or what if she said no? What if I didn't go to college, or apply for this job or that one? It's intriguing to think about and daunting as well.
It can free your mind to wander, or lock in in a cage of doubt.
This weekend I was teaching through Philippians and was struck by something. Of all the things that Paul was telling the believers in Philippi, it was never, "come get me out of here!"
In fact, Paul is rejoicing in his chains knowing that God is using it for His own glory.
The what if's have plagued me. What if I started pursuing music earlier? What if I pushed a little harder, gave a little more, travelled further? What if I'm not meant to do this and I'm just wasting my time?
“There are no 'if's' in God's world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety - let us pray that we may always know it!” - Corrie Ten Boom
What if's don't define our lives. We are exactly where we need to be. I don't have to be plagued by what could have been. I can rest knowing that God is using every and all situations in my life for His glory.
As I keep being pulled away from my computer by my curious 2 year old daughter grabbing my hand so she can take me for a walk, reminders like this ease my mind. Nothing is wasted in God's economy. The moments of "unproductiveness" aren't unproductive at all.
I didn't start late. I didn't choose to throw God's plan off the rails. I was made to do this and I'm not wasting time, I'm striving to redeem it.
Don't let "what if's" keep you paralyzed from realizing God is using you where you are.