If you are like me you tend to do a lot of thinking. My specialty is “stinkin’ thinkin'”. My friend, Mary Ann, has had to bring this to my attention. It’s almost embarrassing how often she has to point out to me that I am “projecting into the future things that haven’t even happened yet.”
One of my favorite authors, Alicia Britt Chole tells of her “not yet truths” in this way: Her husband was late getting home at 12:00. She thought that was interesting. At 12:05, she thought “Hhhhmmm”, at 12:10, she thought ” I wonder if something happened?’, at 12:15 “What IF something happened?, at 12:20,”Something DID happen and it was BAD!”, by 12:25 her husband had been hit by a bus, by 12:30 he was lying in the road in a pool of blood, by 12:45 the police were at the door telling her that her husband had died, at 1:00 she was weeping and planning a funeral. At 1:05 she greeted her husband at the door exclaiming “You’re alive! You’re alive!” He had been delayed in traffic but she spent much time and energy on what wasn’t even true.
This is not just a vivid imagination gone amuck… This is thinking on things that are not even true. Don’t you and I have enough reality without making it up too? “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34 In your situation separate what is true from what is false. Try not to speculate, project, or write the story in your mind but think on what is true.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8