This September, we stopped at Bucee’s on our way to Mexico. Bucee’s is a very large gas station; it was also rather crowded. I took Joseph into the bathroom to change his diaper. Carrying Joseph, the diaper bag and then trying to get Joseph on the changing table was a bit challenging. A gentleman approached me and offered his help. By that time, I was handling it okay, so I declined. Then he said, “you’re doing good.” He had a real sweet, encouraging spirit.
Hearing those words, “you’re doing good,” touched my heart. Too often we tend to criticize and judge or analyze what a person is doing wrong. Sometimes we just need to stop and offer to help. It’s easy to be a Monday morning quarterback. It’s another thing to get in the game and call the signals and throw the ball.
Several years ago, I was at a church altar in Minnesota. I was going through some emotional turmoil, partially due to some poor choices I had made. A sweet man of God in the church must have seen the anguish on my face. He came up, put his hand on my shoulder and said, “you’re going to be okay.” With those few simple words, relief flooded my soul. The situation was hard, but I was okay. Eventually I was able to move on and move further into God’s purpose for my life. It was hard, but I was okay. I was okay.
When we’re in a struggle, sometimes we just need to hear, “you’re doing good” or “it’s going to be okay.”
About 7 years ago, I was frustrated and vented my complaint to the Lord. As I prayed, it seemed as if God Himself stood before me. Though not audibly, I felt Him say, “I know…I know…And it’s going to be okay.” It felt like God placed His hand upon me and was comforting me. My complaint faded as the presence of the Lord soothed me.
Maybe you need to hear these words today, “it’s going to be okay.” Whatever you’re going through, as the song below says, “Hold on, don’t let go. Just take one step closer. Put one foot in front of the other. You’ll get through this. Just follow the light in the darkness… You’re going to be okay.”
Proverbs 3:4-5 says,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.”
The longer we live, the more we can look back and see God’s faithfulness and guidance in our lives. Things that seemed so difficult at the time don’t seem so difficult anymore. The pain fades in the light of God’s purpose and countenance. We got through it and we will get through this. Whatever you are going through now, it’s going to be okay! Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Don’t lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, know Him. He will direct your paths. You can trust Him. It’s going to be okay!