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And Then What? (Thought Provoking Thursday)

by SomeGirl on August 11, 2010 · 21 comments

During a study on the book of Esther, Beth Moore tells a story about how she worried that her husband might fall in love with someone else (not that it had happened, but she worried about it) and she shares a technique that has helped her let go of her worry and trust God… when she starts to get upset and worry about something she asks herself, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” She answers the question, then asks, “Then what?” Answers the question again… “Then what?” On and on she goes until she finally comes to “Then God will be with me.”

I sit at my laptop writing this with a yellow post-it-note stuck to the keyboard under my left hand that reads: “And what’s the worst thing that could happen?” I stuck it there yesterday after I had a discussion with my oldest one about his fear that his little brother would reach up on his shelf and get his Legos. I was  surprised, but he worked through it and left calm about the situation.

So, I ask you…

What are you worried about?

What’s the worst thing that could happen?

And then what?

And  then what?

God will be with you. He will strengthen you and help you; He will uphold you with His righteous right hand!

Now that’s something reassuring to think about…

~God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. {selah}  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. {Selah} Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. {Selah} Psalm 46~



Loved this. I have done many Beth Moore studies but not the Esther one. Worry is something that occupies my mind too much, and I appreciate this reassurance.


If you get the chance to take the Esther study, I’d recommend it. Esther had lots of opportunities to let worry occupy her mind and there’s so much to be learned from her! :)


That is a wonderful reminder. That’s why we don’t need to fear! I’m going to share this idea with my little daughter, who tends to fret about a lot of things. Thanks.


:) Hope it helps her!! ♥ Michelle


I love this post. Worry is my middle name at times so this is a great reminder. I think I’ll have to go and grab a post-it note real quick and jot this down. Hope you have a great day, Michelle!


Wouldn’t it be great if your middle name were changed to Trust?!! May it be so! Love ya, my friend! ♥


Is that possible?!? I know you would say “of course it is!” but I’ve got to tell you I’ve got A LOT of work to do to get there! And your blog helps! Love, J


Aw, sweet Jellybean (with a jellybean inside)… you know me so well! ;) I’ll be praying for you today… in fact I’ll pray right now! Love ya!

Hope you find some CUTE maternity clothes! (twitter ref) ;)

Cranberry Morning

Such a good post and Scripture to go with it! My brother taught me that a few years ago, the ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ and it has stuck with me. Knowing God and knowing that He is always with us AND remembering to think ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ really calms the soul. God is still always in control of the Universe, and that includes everything that happens in our lives. How could we not trust the Lord of the Universe?


Girl, your comment is powerful!! God is ALWAYS in control!! And don’t you just love that scripture?! Imagining the worst… EVERYTHING is crumbling and falling to pieces all around (kind of like the movie 2012), but there’s a river that is calm and peaceful… may we be that river! God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

Thanks for making me think even more, Judy! ♥ Michelle


I’ve said it before, but I’ve just got to say it again: Girl, when you get to thinking, it’s impressive!

For me, this is a huge, huge thing. I am a worrier. I’m pretty sure it’s a genetic thing. I have it. My oldest has it. My husband doesn’t, and niether does our youngest. Hubs is always telling me “What good is worrying about it going to do?” And he’s right. The worrying does nothing but make you feel helpless and afraid. But it’s still something I am constantly struggling against.

When I refuse to let the worry in, and rely on God instead, I’m always amazed by the results. They almost always exceed my hopes for a “best case” scenario. It’s awe-inspiring what happens when we truly trust Him.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:34 (New International Version)


Amen! “When I refuse to let the worry in, and rely on God instead, I’m always amazed by the results. They almost always exceed my hopes for a “best case” scenario. It’s awe-inspiring what happens when we truly trust Him.” May we stop worrying about tomorrow (and the things God has under control)! Doesn’t leave much to worry about, does it? ;)


You’re just preachin’ it today, girlfriend. He will uphold! Amen.


Yes, He will! Btw, loved your typical Mommy day post! May we see as He sees!


Love that Psalm!! and I love that reminder! What a great way of looking at worry!


Isn’t God’s word GREAT?! I love that Psalm, too!

Susan Jones

Thanks for the reminder Girl! Loved that study and loved that you were there with me. It’s so true that He is with us always and gives us peace when we ask for it. The thought of my mom dying always haunted me and I felt that I would just die too if it ever happened, but I’m still here a year after her death and His peace keeps me going! Thanks for the provoking thoughts my friend!!! Love you!!!


I almost confessed that the study would have been even better if I had done my homework, but I was getting too wordy. ;) (I’ll just confess here for anyone who read the comments) lol

Could you imagine that you would have made it through what you have before? God provides! He *is* there in the middle of it all! What a testimony you’ve been to that! Love you, my friend!!!! xoxoxo


Loved the post! Stopping by from iFellowship!


Thanks, Joy! Glad you stopped by and hope to see you here again! ♥ Michelle


I stopped in from iFellowship a few days ago, and your words were such a great reminder to me. Over the past few days, God has brought them to my mind on more than one occasion. Thank you so much for sharing what God is teaching you. It was a blessing to me!

ps…I added a link to this post on my “Take a Peek” post! :-)

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