It’s Going To Be Okay | Melissa Maimone


It’s going to be okay.

You probably know this in some ethereal, existential way. “Melissa, this is not a deep revelation.” you say. Maybe not. But most of the time, I don’t think we need a lot of new information; we simply need to be reminded of what we already know. Sometimes we forget the truest things about ourselves, our lives, and about God. So today, let me serve as a post-it note stuck to the fridge, telling you the thing you already know but must not forget: It’s going to be okay.

A part of my mind functions like that guy who stands on a street corner ranting and raving and waving a sign on the end of a stick with the troubling message that “The End is Near”. He tells me it is decidedly not going to be okay. A lot of the time, I completely agree with him. This usually results in feelings of dread and fear, coupled with a sense of weird satisfaction. “I knew it!” I say. (I like to be right–even if it’s about oncoming catastrophe.)

I suppose the guy on the street corner in my mind has a point. The end is near. But you know what? It’s going to be okay. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you shall have distress: but have confidence, I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33, Douay-Rheims Translation) In other words, there’s no need to worry.

Besides, maybe we need that end coming our way. Maybe the end that is nearest to you is an end to strife. Maybe it’s an end to confusion, illness or pain. Maybe the guy is waving around a good sign; one of tremendous hope instead of looming destruction.

Most likely, there are too many things on your plate and life is demanding more from you than you can possibly provide.

It’s going to be okay.

You have unanswered questions and crazy circumstances and stuff that looks like it’s good but feels strangely bad too.

It’s going to be okay.

There are people you love whom you cannot control and people you don’t like who seem to be flourishing.

It’s going to be okay.

If you have placed your life in the hands of Jesus Christ, He is holding you tight. He won’t let go. He will provide rest, wisdom, assurance, words, and peace as you need them. He’s got this. He’s got you.He will bring about good endings. And it really will be okay.

Actually, it will be better than that.

It’s going to be great.


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