The Promise of What Is

What, a word that begins a simple question.
Add if, and you create a whole world of tension.
The collection of unknowns becomes the foundation
Of a most unpredictable, unstable condition. 

What if the answer never comes?
What if the answer is a dreaded outcome?
What if I’m the invisible one in the background?
What if my load causes me to drown?
What if the waiting never ends?
What if the friendship never mends?
What if healing never appears?
What if my path is lonely and unclear?
What if my hopes lead to disappointment?
These questions, my friend, require adjustment. 

The hope we long for at the center
Is transformed by the change of one small letter.
Our Father teaches a different composition: 
What is far outweighs the what if position. 
In Christ, what is gives life a new definition. 

As the treasured possession of our Creator,
He chose us with an unprompted favor.
He marked our paths before the horizon of time. 
He loves us first, without reason or rhyme. 
He grants us His name; we are His forever. 
He redeems us from rebel endeavors. 
He traded our sin for Christ’s perfection
And graced us by His kind intention. 
He gives us a glorious, unfading inheritance. 
Making our hearts His permanent residence. 

When the what-ifs creep at our door,
What is will always promise more. 

What if the answer never comes? What if it’s as I fear?
I come with confidence to His throne, for His presence is always near.

What if to others I stay invisible? 
He hems me in behind and before — being forgotten by Him is impossible.  

What if my efforts come up short? 
He’s my advocate, declaring me clear in heaven’s court. 

What if this waiting never ends? 
His unending strength is there to befriend.

What if the healing never comes? What if my days end alone?  
His unchanging goodness is my cornerstone.

Even the sorrow He sows
Is knitting my heart to know 
The privilege in Christ
Is always worth the price.

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