What If? What If things are not as they appear??? (I believe with all my heart they are not!) There is a Kingdom reality to our earthly realm we know very little of. . .Let’s just consider a few possibilities. . .(we may have stumbled into another category?).
1. Submission: Wives submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. ESV We tend to be narrow in our understanding of Scripture. After discussing this with a close couple friend, I had a God-given insight, as best as I can discern. I’ve always thought of this verse as coming under my husband’s authority as the Lord directs. That is true. But what if the submission has a bigger picture? What if in the submission, it grants space for the husband to grow into more of His given destiny in my marriage and in our world. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve ever used that world “submit” (Oh, I still having growth points!). . .What if my own lack of “submission” has hindered my husbands growth? Tough question, but an honest, vulnerable one.
2. Sufferings: What if, indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Roman’s 8:17. One cannot experience any type of illness without suffering. This disease does bring on suffering, emotional, physical and spiritual. And in that. . .What if I am Glory bound? I have experienced GLORY from others and have felt it flow from me in simple words or a presence of God that is new to my life. It is best described as a weight or rich treasure that is held in my Lord’s hands. In your suffering, whatever it may be, what if, you too are destined for His Glory. What if the suffering were to lead you to experience your Lord in the greatest, brightest, most incredible golden goodness that captures you up into a reality of His radiance you have ever known? Searching question, but a real one.
3. New Things: Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. What if, living in Christ promises new things for your life? Do you have old things with which you are discouraged? What if new things are on their way from HIS Hand and you “give up” too soon? My personal, coping mechanism has always been and still is somewhat like this. . .”Okay, God, enough, I’m done. I quit.” Do I want to quit in this trail? Well, yes, more like, how many times a day I think about quitting. . .A dear, very wise friend said once to me. . .”I’ve never seen you quit, may I suggest you are referring to surrender?” What if, we are to surrender old things, daily, hourly, by the minute, so new things may come in our Christ? Challenging question, but a life-giving one.
“What If” tucked into our pocket of God possibilities? His Best and mine, twe