Written by Stephanie Plumb on August 6, 2018
If you’ve listened to “Evenings with Stephanie” over the past few months, you know that my family and I recently moved and have spent the better part of the last five months unpacking. Yes, unpacking takes that long when you have a baby and every room in the house needs to be painted.
The good news is, a few weeks ago we were FINALLY ready to start hanging things. The walls had been cleaned, spackled, repainted, and it was now time to fill them with the art and pictures and mirrors that I had so carefully picked out. I was so excited! We set aside a weekend to hang all. the. things. I was most excited about a gallery wall that I was going to create above the desk in our study. It was going to take a lot of precise measuring, but my husband and I are two successful adults with college degrees and a child that we manage to keep healthy and happy, so surely we can use a ruler and a level.
But then the weekend arrived, and I woke up Saturday morning feeling so anxious and nervous about what we were about to do. We had spent so much time spackling and painting and cleaning. The walls looked SO good and SO clean and SO hole-free.
What if we measured something wrong? What if I decided I hated where something was, but I couldn’t move it because a giant hole in the wall would be exposed and I’d have to start the spackling and painting process all over again? WHAT IF I HATED THE GALLERY WALL OR DESPITE ALL OF MY MEASURING IT TURNED OUT LOPSIDED OR OFF-CENTER?! What would I do with all of those holes in the wall?
Two small little words that panicked and paralyzed me that morning. Two small little words that made me afraid to pick up a hammer and help turn our house into a home.
Maybe you’re facing a “what if” in your life right now. What if you don’t get the job. What if the test results are bad. What if your friends reject you. What if your spouse leaves. What if we can’t pay that bill this month. What if the problem can’t be fixed.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.”
I love these verses. I KNOW that God is in control and I KNOW that He is all-powerful and all-knowing and that He keeps His promises, but sometimes it’s hard for me to accept that He would take the time to deal with my problems, because even my most serious problems can seem so trivial when I think about the evil that runs rampant in our world. I’m too quick to say, “Let God handle other things. I’ll be okay; I can get by,” as if there’s a limit to how much God can handle at one time. These verses remind me that my problems are not an annoyance to my God. He LOVES to take care of me because I have great value in His eyes!
You are worth more than many sparrows. Take your “what if” to the throne of the Most High God. He knows a thing or two about hammers and nails being perfectly placed, and He can carry you through whatever you are facing. He doesn’t want you to live in fear of “what if.” Place that fear at His feet and LIVE! Keep turning your house into a home. Keep sending out your resume. Keep making healthy choices. Keep loving your friends and your neighbors unselfishly. Keep fighting for your marriage. Keep tithing. Keep praying to and praising the One who has it all in His hands.
What if you lived like you believed that God has already worked everything out?