I am a Christian. I love Jesus. And I have troubles. Many.
I interpreted this common saying that, “everything is going to be alright,” as everything will go as I want it to go because I am a Christian and love Jesus. And it is not true.
I got in a car accident the other day. I scratched my car. My kitchen caught on fire. I got a speeding ticket trying to get home to remediate the damage; it was a speed trap.
I am on food stamps. I am uninsured. My house needs repairs. I want to be married. I want kids. I am 41 this year. And I am as single as a straw in a glass of coke.
So, when people say, “everything will be alright,” it can’t mean that all those situations will suddenly be as I want. And it doesn’t mean that all of those situations need to be what I want.
So what does it mean?
It means I have someone to talk to when I am alone. I walk a nature trail as much as I can, and while there, I see the open water, I see the large trees, and I walk on the sandy path, and I talk to Jesus. It is comforting.
It means I have someone who listens to my cries. I cry at night. Often. And I am comforted by the presence of knowing that I am listened to, and I am held, not by human hands, but by a human loving spirit. I don’t feel it always, but sometimes I do.
It means I get to see small wins that remind me that when I feel alone, I actually am not. I prayed for a doctors appointment, and when I called, they had one opening for the next day. I needed to see a therapist, and there was one opening a week later. All paid for by someone else. Small wins are big for me right now.
I celebrate everything, because I have experienced the absence of even the small wins.
So, everything will be alright, yes, it will be as it is. Everything is not referring to every detail of my life, but rather, the spiritual truths that surround my life. Everything that sets the world in motion, that makes the sun rise, and the moon shine, that energy will be ever present, ever working, and ever true. I can trust that. Everything will be alright.
I may not get everything that I want, and truly, that may be a good thing. But I can trust that these emotions that I feel in response to my situations can be held by a creator who cares, and that I will win at some things. There are wins that you will have, maybe not in everything, but believe me, everything will be alright.