Traveling the “What if?” Road

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The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Psalm 103:19

It’s always a mistake to travel the “What if?” Road. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to do just that.

Backing out of the driveway on my way to do some grocery shopping, I pressed down on the brake pedal of my van. The pedal felt weird, almost spongy.  Then, the pedal went all the way down to the floorboard.

I pressed harder. Nothing. A slight panic. Then, ever so slowly, the van came to a stop.

My first reaction was minor annoyance. Nobody gets excited about car repairs, right? But minor annoyance quickly turned to fear.  And even though my preferred mode of transportation held firm, I nevertheless veered toward a quick detour down the “What if?” Road via my second favorite mode of transportation that never seems to break down. My imagination.

What if I had been on the freeway when my brakes failed?

What if I had been driving on a mountain road?

What if was unable to stop at a red light?

What if? What if? What if?

Later, as I thought about my reaction, I remembered another time I had traveled the “What if?” Road. Several years ago as I was saying my goodbyes to a friend, I took several steps backward into the street (stupid, I know). But, it was a quiet residential area, a 25 mph zone, and concerning myself with a maniac traveling full-throttle-freeway-style in my direction was the last thing on my mind.

It happened so fast, it’s really hard to put into words.

I stepped back directly into the path of the speeding car. Just before the car roared past me, a strong gust of wind blew me back towards the sidewalk. Yes, you read that right. A strong gust of wind. The car missed me by a hair. I felt it. 

I traveled the “What if?” Road that day. In fact, I think I might have taken a full road trip!

But, yesterday’s travels down this well-known route were cut short. By God’s Grace, a minor detour. The Lord reminded me that there is no “What if? Road for His children.

A minor annoyance turns to fear. Fear submits to the truth of our Heavenly Father’s divinely appointed plan for our lives.  A plan that cannot be thwarted. In fact, the “What if?” Road does not exist. Sometimes it takes a speeding car or a failed master brake cylinder to remind us of just that.

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

See: Psalm 115:3; 57:2; Isaiah 46:9-10; Daniel 4:35; Prov. 16:9; Matt. 8:27; Rom. 4:20-21, 8:28

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6 responses to “Traveling the “What if?” Road

  • Lisa


    Had to leave a post! Yes, I, too, remember traveling down the same “What if?” road with you on that quiet residential street–remember it like yesterday-remember it every time I drive down that same street. Reading about it brings tears to my eyes, again–and again, I am thanking the Lord for His goodness and the perfect amount of the gust of wind He provided for you! It brings joy to my day to see the Gospel Apprentice in my Inbox! Blessings-Lisa

  • micey

    It’s been so long since you blogged! What if you keep blogging now? ;)

  • Terrie van Baarsel

    Hey Micey, Always good to hear from you. My plan is to post about once a week. Better than sitting around watching soap operas and eating bon-bons. = )

  • Edie Gay

    So excited to see you blogging again!! I have gone down the “What If” road many times as well and I think I may have a freeway in my name because of it!! Like when you were really sick and the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with you….my thoughts went to…”what if” …I know the Lord heard my cries and answered my prayers for you!! I try not to go down the road of “what if’s” ..Thank you for reminding me that His plan can not be thwarted and that the road of “what if’s” are not in His GPS! I am so thankful that you are once again blogging! The Lord has blessed you with such an amazing gift with your writing…use it for His glory!
    I love you sis!

    • Terrie van Baarsel

      Hey, Sis! Thanks for your words of encouragement. I love your idea that the What if? Road is not in the Lord’s GPS. Haha! Let’s continue to pray for each other that we can stay clear of that What if? Road! Love you!

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