What If the Worst Happens?


I found myself growing fearful. Not a heart-stopping, all-encompassing fear, but the kind of constant gnawing that occurs when you look at the discouraging trends of the present and assume things will never change. When you think about the future and wonder, “What if the worst happens?”

What if.

I’ve spent a lifetime considering the “what ifs.” Those questions have a way of unsettling me, destroying my peace, leaving me insecure.

People in the Bible were uneasy about “what if” questions, too. When told to lead the Israelites, Moses asked God, “What if they don’t believe me?” Abraham’s servant asked about Isaac’s future wife, “What if the young woman refuses to come with me?” Joseph’s brothers asked, “What if Joseph bears a grudge against us?” All of them wondered what would happen if circumstances went awry. Just like we do.

We all face a staggering array of “what ifs.” Some are minor issues while others have life-altering repercussions. What if my child dies? What if I get cancer? What if my spouse leaves me?

The uncomfortable truth is, any of those things could happen. No one is free from tragedy or pain. There are no guarantees of an easy life. For any of us. Ever.

I was considering this sobering reality a few months ago. Over the course of several days, I had brought numerous longings and requests before the Lord. I wanted them fulfilled. But the unthinkable question haunted me: What if my inmost longings are never met and my nightmares come true?

As I sat poring over my Bible, I was reminded of the questions I had wrestled with for decades. “Is God enough? If my deepest fears are realized, will he still be sufficient?” Each time those questions had come up in the past, I’d pushed them out of my mind. But this time, I knew I needed to face them.

I wondered: If my health spirals downward and I end up in an institution, will God be enough? If my children rebel and never walk closely with the Lord, will God be enough? If I never remarry and never feel loved by a man again, will God be enough? If my ministry doesn’t flourish and I never see fruit from it, will God be enough? If my suffering continues and I never see the purpose in it, will God be enough? I wish I could have automatically said, “Yes, of course God will be sufficient.” But I struggled. I didn’t want to give up my dreams, surrender those things that were dear to me, relinquish what I felt entitled to.

Written by Vaneetha Rendall
Read more at Desiring God

24 thoughts on “What If the Worst Happens?

  1. [url=http://www.brisbanepropertyadvisers.com/a-porte-monnaie-prix-Qd.html]Prix Sac Longchamp Pliage[/url] reebok Longchamp gl [url=http://www.brisbanepropertyadvisers.com/Longchamp-JzNtO-b-portefeuille-femme-Wc.html]Sac Longchamp Femme[/url] 6000Monster Jam Tucson monstre

  2. Excellent blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..
    Any tips? Thank you!

  3. Thank you for the good writeup. It if truth be told was once a enjoymentaccount it. Look advanced to far delivered agreeable from you!
    However, how could we be in contact?

  4. Outstanding post however I was wanting to know if you could writea litte more on this subject? I’d be very thankful if you could
    elaborate a little bit further. Cheers!

  5. For many who are consultants at net growth or net designing, thereare extra opportunities due to the demand and provide of varied firms and individuals.

  6. Magnificent items from you, man. I’ve bear in mind your stuff priorto and you’re simply too wonderful. I actually like what you have got here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which
    by which you assert it. You make it enjoyable and you continue to take care
    of to stay it smart. I can not wait to read much more from
    you. This is really a wonderful website.

  7. Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon everyday.It’s always helpful to read through articles from
    other authors and use something from other sites.

  8. All you want is a company or a firm of a reputation whichdeals with all points of web services like internet design, web hosting
    (domain registration) and if you need also a search engine optimization (SEO) service.

  9. Hello there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering which blog platform areyou using for this site? I’m getting fed up of WordPress because I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m
    looking at options for another platform. I would
    be fantastic if you could point me in the direction of a good

  10. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very longcomment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t
    appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say
    superb blog!

  11. Solutions are around, but you may wish to walk a path which will lead toaccomplishment To be aware of more details about loan quotations and
    the greatest deals related to this specific loan, you should search online.

  12. I like the suggestion of the rosemary, yet am unsure if these willreally survive interior in the hot humid tropical climate of my county.

  13. Greetings! I’ve been reading your weblog for a long time nowand finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out
    from Austin Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

  14. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts.
    After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  15. I’m very happy to find this site. I wanted to thank you foryour time for this particularly wonderful read!!
    I definitely really liked every part of it and I have you book-marked to look at new stuff in your website.

  16. Hello! I know this is sort of off-topic however I had toask. Does running a well-established blog such as yours take a massive amount work?
    I am completely new to operating a blog however I do write in my diary on a daily basis.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my personal experience and
    thoughts online. Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for new aspiring bloggers.

  17. This technique of horticulture concentrates the expanding of veggiesin a setting that is devoid of any open room veggie gardening
    risks such as harsh weather conditions, pests, and plant diseases.

Leave a Reply