The reason I think about it is because it comes up so much, in my life and in those around me. We worry about and fear things that aren't even realities. Especially us women, if we are honest. Our minds are spinning over the what-ifs - big ones and small ones. Examples in my life right now: miscarriage, difficult labor, deaths of loved ones, etc. Or, on a more day-to-day basis, maybe I wonder if a parent (of a 5th grader) is mad at me, when I don't even know if that's true.
The phrase that literally LEAPED out of me from this old post was that there is NO grace for our imaginations.
Here's a snippet, so you can see what I mean...
We would do well to heed Elisabeth Elliot’s wise reminder that there is no grace for our imaginations. None. It’s simply not available. God is not waiting in the wings to help us through whatever horrible imaginary trouble we can conjure up today. But His goodness is stored up and will be abundantly poured out whenever we walk through a real trial.
Read the whole post here.
Just like the Girl Talkers, I have found this very helpfully personally and in ministering to others. When friends come to you with burdens about the "what-ifs" try to point them to the fact that there's not grace for our imaginations, but whatever REALLY happens, God will be gracious and near.
This is a good truth to preach to yourself.
Proverbs 31:25 (English Standard Version)
25(A) Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.