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