Revisiting: Everything is All Right

As I sit here waiting the results of some spinal x-rays and a call from a spine specialist, a lot of fears and uncertainly want to take control of my thoughts.  The possibilities offered by the referring doc include a compression fracture or increased pressure on the nerves in my spine from disks sliding forward.  The morning has been full of visiting doctors, x-rays, getting meds and more than a few tears.  This is proving to be a good "archive" day.  I pray the day will come when I can face every new situation knowing that everything is all right. For today, I offer these words.

But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.  The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers.  "My head! My head!" he said to his father.  His father told a servant, "Carry him to his mother."  After the servant had lifted him up and carried him to his mother, the boy sat on her lap until noon, and then he died. 21 She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and went out. She called her husband and said, "Please send me one of the servants and a donkey so I can go to the man of God quickly and return."  "Why go to him today?" he asked. "It's not the New Moon or the Sabbath."  “It's all right," she said.   (2 Kings 4:17-23) NIV

The sun is shining, Lord.  How much better my body feels in the warmth.  How much better my mind seems in the sunshine.  It’s as if it gives me hope; hope that somehow everything will be all right.

I am reminded of the story of the Shunammite woman.

This amazing woman – her only son recently dead – goes to seek the holy prophet Elisha, saying to her husband that things are “all right”.  (NASB says “It is well.”)

To be in one of the worst possible circumstances – the loss of your child –   and say that everything is “all right” indicates a faith so strong that circumstances cannot sway it.  Her initial response – to go to God – is one I pray to imitate: to immediately go to Him with the attitude of  “Everything is all right,” knowing that if it does not now seem so, it will be.

Lord, I pray for that kind of faith for myself and for each beloved reader: That no matter what is happening in our lives right now, somehow, some way, everything will be “all right.” Amen and amen.


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