Those were the lyrics Cece Winans belted out on Pandora while on my drive to work the other day. Her words were a good reminder, what I needed to hear. Are these words you need to hear?
I have experienced a roller coaster of “well, alright” moments this year – many of you may have experienced the same:
“I’m sorry, but we don’t have budget to work with you.”
- Well, alright. (Lord, where to next?)
“You broke up? Why? You’ll never find another man who will love you like that.”
- Well… (breathe deeply)… alright. (Lord, soften my tongue because that family member doesn’t know what they’re talking about.)
“Did he really just say that?”
- Well, alright. (Not worth the energy, moving on.)
“Your insurance doesn’t cover that treatment.”
- Well, alright. (Lord, help me find another way.)
“Breaking News: A peaceful protest turned violent tonight in downtown Dallas and police officers are being ambushed.”
- Well (head down, tears and anger come, deep breaths), alright. (Lord, be with them, save them, help us. What is going on?!)
Now, of course, there are also the good “well, alrights.”
“We are pleased to offer you a position at our company.”
- Well, ALRIGHT! Imagine it sounding like J.J. from ’70s sitcom Good Times shouting “DY-NO-MITE!” (Lord, thank you for the provision and stability.)
“This house is yours to rent if you want it.”
- Well, alright! (Lord, thank you for moving us back to our community in our own space where rent doesn’t skyrocket and neighbors aren’t heard through walls.)
“I want to hire your company.”
- Well, alright! (Thank you, Lord, for this awesome first win at my new job.)
But, there aren’t nearly enough of the good ones. At least that’s what we think.
Think of the times that tested your patience and made you question your faith, the situations that weren’t quite what you planned and the outcomes weren’t what you hoped for. But now that you’re on the other side of those challenges, can you see how you’ve grown? Was something better in store for you? Did tragedy bring people closer together? Did He wake you up to live another day and enjoy the simple things with loved ones, to serve others, and to make a difference in this world?
I encourage you to reflect on your “well, alright” moments as the year comes to an end. We have a choice in how we live, how we see the world, how we treat and love one another, how we defy the odds, how we walk our walk and talk our talk, and how we choose not to succumb to negative politics and sensationalized headlines.
Jeremiah 29:11 says For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Well, alright. Just hold on, wait and see, you know it’s gonna be alright.