I recently saw this sign outside the First Baptist of Okay, a church in the tiny town of Okay, Oklahoma.
I found myself worrying about daily word counts. I fretted over having to make up for lost time (and words) the next day. The what ifs were also taking hold. What if I don’t finish on time? What if I have to start all over again? What if I really can’t do this?
As the humorist, Josh Billings, once said, “There are people who are always anticipating trouble, and in this way they manage to enjoy many sorrows that never really happen to them.”
I was becoming one of those people. So I decided to ask the most important what if question of all. What if I talk with God?
My talks with God may not be what you’d expect. Many years ago, I learned that worries don’t like long walks and, for that reason, my talks are mostly walks. There isn’t much talking either; it’s about letting go and waiting. I simply walk and wait. If I walk long enough, the answers come.
I guess I walked often and long enough as I did eventually finish the book. Worries fell by the wayside as I waited on God. Words and ideas began to flow again. It’s something I cannot explain. It’s something I cannot teach. It’s a thing called faith.
The best advice I can give you the next time worries surround you is to ask yourself, What if I talk with God? Then, walk and wait.
And try not to eat tomorrow’s cheese.