Seth Godin recently said:
“Everything will be alright” is not the same as “everything will stay the same.”
Think about that for a minute.
It’s true, isn’t it? But that’s not what we hear when someone says it to us. And it’s often not what we mean when we say it.
I think the truth in that statement is often overlooked – at least I have overlooked it, I can’t speak for you guys. When someone tells me everything is going to be ok, my assumption tends to be that everything will be ok in the future the same way that it is ok now. But that’s not usually the case, is it?
When we are faced with a crisis that threatens to move us out of our comfort zone, all we want is for things to remain as they are. Even if things aren’t super great at the moment, we don’t want them to change to something that might be much worse! Our natural inclination is to dislike change, especially when that change comes wrapped in the fear of a cancer diagnosis or grief over the death of someone we love. We want to go back just five minutes earlier to when things were wonderful.
But we can’t. And the reassurance of well-meaning friends and family (and even our own internal conversations) that things will be all right, does not mean things will be the same.
God himself does not promise us that things will remain the same. He promises to never leave us (Joshua 1:5). He promises to hear us when we cry out to Him (1 Peter 3:12). He promises to give us strength for the journey (1 Chronicles 29:12). But He does not promise to keep things the same. On the contrary, we are all but guaranteed to face trouble (John 16:33) and trials (James 1:2).
Sometimes He has to change things, and allow things to change, in order to accomplish His work in us. The change can be painful. Even excruciating. So awful that we prayerfully beg for things to remain the same, to go back to the way they were. But they don’t. They can’t.
But it will all still be ok. The landscape of your life may change so drastically you hardly recognize it, but everything is going to be all right.
How do I know that? I know that because I believe in a God who never fails, never leaves or abandons us, and never gives up on us. That provides me with a hope and a confidence that when things are out of control or extremely painful, it is going to be ok – not the same, but all right.
Have a beautiful Thursday!