It’s Gonna Be Alright
Far too often in my life, for fear of saying something unappreciated or stupid or even hurtful, I said nothing at all. I let opportunities pass. I saw folks hurting or about to make, what I was just sure would be, a dangerous decision and I said nothing…nothing at all. I know now, that whatever my reasons were at such times, I was not moved by love. Love throws itself into the fray. Love takes the risks. Love leaves the mouth no choice but to speak its heart’s concerns.
One of my fears was that I would give such shallow advice that the suffering one would look me full in the face and say, “You don’t have a clue what you are talking about! You need to just be quiet and walk away.” I mean, something like that almost happened to Jesus Himself. Remember when He told Martha, “Your brother will live again.” And you can almost hear her tone…”Yes…yes…Lord, I know that one day there will be a resurrection.” It’s as if she were almost a bit irritated with Jesus…”I know there’s coming a day, Jesus, but that doesn’t help me too much right now. I would much rather talk about why You didn’t come when we first sent for You.” Now if that could happen to Jesus, what are my chances?
But I have seen something that amazes me. I have heard a person tell another something that I thought was so very shallow in the face of their trial. Yet the listener was blessed and was very appreciative. I have watched as one walked up to a new widow, put her arm around her shoulders and tell her amidst her tears, “There, there now, dear. It’s gonna be alright. It’s gonna be alright.” I waited for the explosion. “Alright! Alright??!! I have just lost my dear husband of fifty years, and you tell me it’s going to be alright? Nothing is alright! Nothing will ever be alright again!” But the explosion didn’t come. Instead, comfort passed between them. Hearts had touched. Help was offered and received. And I realized that it’s about more than the words you say. It’s that you came, when they knew you would. It’s that you would be there for them, without them having to ask. It’s that they knew their prayers would mingle with yours in Heaven’s Throne Room. They had no doubt where your heart was. Those facts trump faltering words. Whatever the failures of love, you will not find desertion among them…or apathy.
And after all, for the Lord’s beloved it really is going to be alright, isn’t it? It’s going to be so much better than alright! Not a bad word of comfort for a heart under pressure, especially when truly spoken. Beloved, it’s gonna be alright!