The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Enid Features

April 16, 2013

Looking at some of life’s what ifs

Do you dwell on the what ifs? Think about it.

What if Jim’s mother’s family had not come to America from Scotland? What if they had all stayed in Scotland and withstood the hardships there instead of coming to America, where they were faced with hardships of a different kind? What if they had not had that dream?

And what if my ancestors had not braved the turmoil of coming to this new land of Oklahoma/ Indian Territory? What if they had just been satisfied with things the way they were back East, and not come west on such an adventure?

What if Jim had not come to Pawnee to visit his parents that rainy Sunday afternoon when we met? What if his parents had lived across town instead of just around the corner from me?

What if it rains? What if it doesn’t rain? What if summer comes early? What if we have a late winter? What if we have global warming? What if we have tornadoes? What if earthquakes occur? What if we have heat waves? What if we have a hard winter? What if have a mild winter? There is little we can do about any of this.

What if we get sick? What if disaster strikes? What if we run out of money before we are through with this life? What if we are left alone? What if our government fails? What if we lose a war? What if we have war on our own soil? What if we cannot cope with all that is happening in our world? What if we become incapacitated?

Lately, I was faced with the problem of what to do if Jim did not come home from the hospital. Where would I live? Would I move to an apartment? Would I keep our present home and try to maintain it? How would I face the loneliness and take care of our ranch and business? Well, Jim did come home due to his great care, his will to live and determination, so why did I spend any time questioning the what ifs? Worry solves nothing and only makes things worse.

I got a lovely letter from our friend in Garber, who recently lost his wife of 60-some years and has a daughter who has been very ill. He reminded me of Romans 8:28: “We know that God causes everything to work together for the good, to those who love God.” Thank goodness we cannot see around the corners of our life so we can face obstacles one day at a time and adjust gradually.

People who are habitual worriers spend their valuable time making lists of things to worry about. If one thing occurs or does not occur, then it throws off their whole system of worry. Grandma and Mother used to remind us that 90 percent of the things we worry about never happen. The other 10 percent do happen, but what good did worry do? Isn’t it more comforting to spend our time thinking of possible solutions than possible disasters?

Some of us were just talking recently about how much better it is to not know what the future holds. Sure, we are concerned about what might happen, but if we knew what tomorrow would bring, we would be a lot more upset. Better to take each day as it comes. Today’s problems are sufficient for today. We can do little about the future except be prepared and act wisely. We just have to face every situation or problem as it occurs.

In all things, there is a thread of the Lord having a hand in what happens. I do believe His guidance is involved in everything. There are just too many circumstances that people cannot work out. I believe there are no coincidences ... only “God-instances.”

Therefore, we should spend our time thinking about what is rather than what if. We cannot do a thing about all the things that could have been different in our lives. We cannot look back and dwell on things that could or might have happened. All we have to work with is what actually is.

I am so grateful that our ancestors took the course of action that they took. I am so glad that Jim came into my life. I am so glad that I have that background and pioneer spirit to help me cope and deal with daily life. I am so glad that I have the faith and strength of character that my ancestors passed on to me.

My mother was one of those people who was prepared for any circumstance. If company dropped by unexpectedly, like all those homemakers of years ago, she dressed a chicken or two, whipped up a cobbler, peeled some potatoes and in no time had a feast fit for the finest company. I am afraid I am not that prepared (no chickens to dress, not a cellar full of canned fruits and vegetables, etc.) but I can whip up a fair meal out of our pantry. I fixed this the other evening when our plans abruptly changed, and Jim thought it was good enough to put in this column. (With an apology to my friend, Don, who thinks I put way too many chicken recipes in my column.)

Text Only
Enid Features
Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years
House Ads
Comics