Sometimes I have struggled with telling my kids, “It’s gonna be okay.” Because, sometimes, I really don’t know if it’s gonna be okay. I can’t say, “It’s okay, we won’t ever have to worry about war here.” Or, “It’s okay, you’re healthy. If you get sick it won’t be a big deal.” Or even, “It’s okay, I’ll be back soon.” Because, war may come, sickness may come, I may die on my trip out of the house today, or a myriad of other things could happen that could make me a liar and cause my kids to say, “You said everything was gonna be okay, and it’s NOT okay.” This may sound morbid, but it is undeniably true. “You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).
This concept has been especially fresh on my mind during this past election, as I watched candidates on both sides promise to “make everything okay” and as I watched people on both sides putting their hope in these promises. Those who make such promises are like clouds and wind without rain who boast in gifts they do not give (Proverbs 25:14). But, I know the Giver, and the keeper of all promises. And He has said, “I know the plans I have for you—plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). And every word of God proves true (Proverbs 30:5). So, although I can’t say for certain to my kids, myself, or to you, that everything is gonna be okay today or tomorrow, or a year from now, or a century in the future…I can say with confidence that one day, everything IS gonna be okay! God promises it will be, and He has never failed to carry through on His promises—“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). "For those who love me all things work together for good, for those who are called according to my purpose” (Romans 8:28). "So, do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10).
May you rest in this truth, friends—I don’t know how and I don’t know when, but I do know God’s got it, and He’s gonna make everything okay! And since you may be like me—quick to forget this truth and prone to anxiety—I wanted to share a song I’ve had on repeat at my house a great deal in this season. Hopefully, it encourages you as it has encouraged me and helps remind you of God’s promises!
By Katie Miller
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