What if it (whatever you’ve been praying and believing for) all worked out exactly as you had hoped? More importantly, what if it all worked out exactly as you had been told. Many times we get a nudge from the Universe telling us which direction to go, what to explore, what to investigate or what to risk; but our confidence won’t meet us where we stand. That’s a polite way of saying our feet and our minds are locked in understandable fear. The reasons to stay fixed in place are rational and accurate in their own right. But then there’s the infinite possibility of the what if.
This Christmas consider the sheepherders watching over their flock when a team of angels showed up to deliver some sensational news. Picture the scene with these men who are working the equivalent of a third shift. They’re minding their own business. They’re making an honest living, saving for retirement and providing for their families when Heaven commands them to go in search of a baby in a manger. A baby in a manger of all things! Say what? I just love what happens next:
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. (Luke 2:15-16)
The shepherds hurried off! One translation says they made haste. Another says they were running to check out this unbelievable promise. They didn’t overanalyze or make a case against this preposterous thing they’d just heard. No, they decided, in the very least, to explore the possibility that may or may not lie ahead. So imagine their joy when they discovered it all turned out exactly the way they’d been told. Exactly. No deviation. No variation. That thing (and you know what it is) that’s been whispering in your ear is calling on you. Something so unbelievable is asking you to make haste and to trust. Hurry! If He said it, believe it. Go check it out! What if it turns out exactly the way you were told?