Thursday, February 21, 2013

Those 'What-if' Bullies

The solitude of quiet thought
Can be a sweet and tender bliss
Unless we stray and tread the path
Of monster-shaped, ruthless ‘what-ifs’

The what-ifs’ lunge and jeer and leer
Leaping from unexpected dips
A bully-whisper in our ear
Quenching the laughter on our lips

Oh, we do well to guard our thought
Forbidding it to wander where
These demons wait to mutilate
Our hope with visions of despair

And in thought’s quiet solitude
When what-ifs threaten their torment
How sweet to know that God is good
We walk in moments He has sent

The what-ifs that will come to be
Must first pass through His hands above
To dwell in ‘what-if’ misery
Is thus to doubt His faithful love

The solitude of quiet thought
Can be a sweet, tranquil retreat
If we surrender what is not
And place our ‘what-ifs’ at Love’s feet

© Janet Martin

 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isa. 41:10

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deut. 31:6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight. Prov. 3: 5-6


  1. Don't forget those monsters: woulda, coulda, shoulda! :)

    Great encouragement Janet.

  2. TUG, right on! :) they can be little 'devils' too! Thank-you for the smiles.


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