But What If. . .?
I’m in the car. Chicken tortilla casserole and a lemon pie are resting hot and cold respectively in the backseat. I’m looking forward to seeing my newborn great-nephew and delivering the meal.
Except for one problem.
I have a runny nose. I’ve had it for a week. I’m 99% sure it’s just sinus drainage. I’ve had a bad season of allergies. I’ve been fully vaccinated against covid for weeks now.
But what if it’s not just allergies? What if it’s more?
I want to help my family. But I don’t to make a newborn sick.
The uncertainty of what if can wreck my good intentions. I sometimes have great plans to love well.
But the what if’s often step in and hijack it all.
Trust God More Than His Answers
When I take my what if’s to God, I sometimes get clear answers.
But more often, I don’t get the clarity I want. I have a hunch God wants me to trust him more than his answers.
But in this situation with the baby and the food, God gives me a solution. It’s a solution I wouldn’t have thought of 18 months ago. But now it’s an easy and ready option.
Put on a mask.
Many Ways to Love a Person
Before the pandemic, I’d rarely worn a mask (not counting the hard plastic Halloween masks of my youth). And I certainly didn’t have a stack at home, washed and ready to wear, available for any outfit.
But now masks are just another handy tool we ordinary people have on hand, ready for easy use whenever we have a doubt.
I pop on my mask, take in the food, and ooh and ah over the baby. I still don’t hold him; I don’t get too close.
But at least I’m not afraid that I passed along a germ that could be harmful.
There are many ways to love a person. We have more options than we realize. I’m thankful that wearing a mask when needed is now another way to show love to each other.
Thank you, God, for helping me with this what if. Now how about those others on my list. . . .
With my One Word this year, I’m learning that God has more to show me if I’ll stay humble, giving him the UNCERTAINTY of my what if’s, instead of jumping to the same old conclusions.
What has God taught you lately? Share in the comments.
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