He’s in the “What If”

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He's in the "What If"

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Late Friday I found myself in the car, running errands about town in the rain. We’ve had heavy rain for two days now which is a total blessing, especially in light of the drought we have going here.

I hate to say it, but Californians drive like idiots in the rain. I was born and raised here, so I should be nicer to my fellow statesmen. But I did my time driving in 4 degree blizzards and torrential rains in Kansas City, so I feel like I can speak with some authority.

Lady in the lifted white Expedition, you should not be texting and driving erratically in this week’s weather, especially with a backseat full of small children.

Yes, idiots.

Anyway, this tirade may or may not be a reflection of how I felt while running errands late on a Friday in the rain. My mind was wandering and stopped at a What If? regarding my children and their lives. It was an unrealistic and unlikely What If? but it was a What If? nonetheless. I went down the corridor of my mind, opening doors I shouldn’t be opening.

Doesn’t today have enough trouble of its own?

In the middle of a minor brain panic, I stopped at the stoplight, I looked up, and I saw that rainbow and that cross….

(Yes, I took a photo. But, I did not text. I promise!)

Instead I prayed, thanking God for His sweet reminder.

He will be in the What Ifs.

This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.

Genesis 9:12-16

Just as He protected Noah and his family during the torrential rains. Just as He provided a way to eternal life through the death of His son. Just as He is, and was, and ever shall be, He will be there for us in our What Ifs.

Trust Him with your What Ifs today.

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  1. Good thing you’re not in KC right now. We just got a few more inches of snow and schools are cancelled due to the extreme cold and wind chills. I live in St Joseph. The only good thing (at least that’s what I’m telling myself) about this snow in late winter is that it’s beneficial to the grass and trees. Looking forward to warmer days. Have a great day.

    1. I know, I’m totally wimpified now. I once went birthday shopping in a 4 degree blizzard. When I told folks what I had done, they were shocked. Apparently not everyone does that. I had only lived there a month and figured that’s just what folks did to survive. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the reminder. It is so easy with all that is going on to get panicked by the “What If”‘s and not remember that God is there and will always be there.

  3. What a great reminder this morning! What beautiful images He gave to speak to you (all of us who are reading your post) at that exact moment. I get discouraged in these long winters (ice storm here today, ugh) and I was struck that He keeps His promise to do what’s best for us, and His love is everlasting. I LOVE your photo. I can trust Him with His plans for us. 🙂

  4. “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself” Mt 6:33 Beautiful photo. Thanks for sharing. Matthew was my Gospel reading today and I was struck by how in sync your post was to my reading. Another God wink. Have a great Sunday.