What’s the Worst that Can Happen?
I was standing with Kia in our kitchen. It was sometime in 2009. Things weren’t going so well for us financially. Our businesses were suffering. Our personal finances were just as bad – maybe worse.
I was looking out the window. That window looked over a few acres of land attached to our home. It opened up to the chicken coop. It showed the garden out back. Around the corner from the window was a natural water well.
I’m standing, looking out the window, talking with Kia. I say, “What’s the worst that can happen?”
I don’t know if you’ve ever spoken those words before, but they are chocked full of meaning. Basically it meant, “I don’t think it can get much worse? Can it?”
In my head, I thought and then said out loud , “We have a garden, we have chickens, we have well water, we have each other. We’ll be okay.”
I thought it. I said it. I didn’t feel it.
I was really scared.
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Fear drove me to God.
For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. -Romans 8:19-22
Coming to God in fear puts us in this state. We long for something greater. We might define it as heaven. We might not. We know there has to be more. We’re eager for salvation.
I recently heard this guy Levi Lusko share from this passage. He unexpectedly lost his five year old daughter and lived in that place of fear. He shared how the phrase “waiting eagerly” could be translated as “standing on tiptoe”.
Tiptoe. Edge of your seat. Eager.
I love that word picture. Desperation drives me to the edge of my seat. I’m desperate to see God do something. I’m on tiptoe.
If you’ve said to yourself or someone else lately, “What’s the worst that can happen?”, be on tiptoe. Be desperate for God to show up.
God Always Shows Up
God came through for me. It took longer than I hoped. It came differently than I planned. I saw it happen though. You know why?
I was eager to see it happen. I was on tiptoe.
God wants to show up for you too. Be eager. Scoot to the edge of your seat. Stand on tiptoe. God’s coming because He always shows up.