I knew this would be a challenge but I’m always up for a challenge. But then I began to think What If … Oh my brain and imagination were in a tussle.
I wrote this long essay of a major “what if” scenario in my life that veered a different way than I wanted or expected. But thinking about it, I realized I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. Any situation in my life I have been placed in has had a purpose. There have been plenty of wonderful things I have experienced but also many that evoked terror. At times I would wonder why me? Why do I have to go through this hellish experience? Now, as an older person,I have a little more perspective to see why not me.
My childhood was an at risk one. What if I had the perfect family? I know now know that the people who are brought into my life (mostly children) are from at risk environments. My training doesn’t come from a book and neither does the love. What if I hadn’t? That would mean I would have missed the opportunity to encourage some incredible people.
I grew up with an aunt who had Cerebral Palsy. What if I had lived at home with my mother? I have never looked at special needs people unusually. When I was a kid, I was jealous that my aunt had a cool wheelchair that I loved to ride in. I may never have spent the larger part of my life as an advocate for special needs children.
And here’s one more. What if I had never been homeless? That was an experience I assure you! At the time, I was not aware of the danger. I have befriended many people in homeless shelters who would take my help (as a nurse) because they could sense something – a kinship rather than a haughty judgement.
For every “what if” I have determined there was a good reason it happened.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” God gives us strength for the “what if” stuff so that we can roll up our sleeves and do something for others.
Thanks for the What If Challenge Bonnie
Thanks To David Michael Morris for the photo