I”VE BEEN THINKING
1st April 2012
Romans 8:28. And we know that God causes everything to work together[m] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (NLT)
Have you ever looked back and thought, “What if I had only said no?” “What if I hadn’t done that?” What if I had only married that other girl/guy?” And so the ‘what if’ possibilities are endless.
So in actuality what happened did happen, and so the present situation is what we have to live with. The ‘what ifs’ of an earlier time are just like the water that has passed down a river. It has past and gone and cannot be retrieved or changed. The past has passed – done with!
History reveals that some people have discovered two little words that can make all the difference in our lives. Those two words: And yet……! Instead wasting time lingering on the ‘what if I had not said this or that’ they have learned to accept the consequences of their past actions and look to a brighter future by saying, “And yet!”
A great example of this is a well-known songwriter – Fanny Crosby. She could of lost hope with her state of blindness, brought on by a doctor whose mistake left her living in darkness. But Fanny Crosby did not waste time on the ‘what ifs.’ She went on to write an incredible 8,000 beautiful songs blessing thousands of Christians all over the world. God blessed her ‘and yet’ attitude and she went on to live a wonderful 95 years.
Mark Inglis – a New Zealand mountaineer – lost both his legs to frost bite in an avalanche. Mark could have been devastated and thought ‘what if,’ but instead he said, “‘And yet’ with artificial legs I can still be a climber.” He did, and went on to eventually climbing Mt Everest.
Most of us at some time or another are tempted after some failure or another to respond with a ‘what if.’ When you do, teach yourself too immediately respond with an added ‘and yet.” Many of the things that happen in this life are not some almighty satanic attack or the result of judgement by God. When the rain pours down it falls on good and bad alike. When an earthquake happens it strikes the honest and the dishonest. If you believe that God is sovereign He can help you turn disasters into victories. “That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. (Romans 8:28 The Message)
Do you always look for positive things to come out of difficult situations?
Written by John Gummer – Idea taken from Today can be the Best Day – Harold J Sala