When I visit my daughter, I hear this phrase at least 20 times a day from my two year old grandson. Before he does anything, he turns to his mother and asks ever so sweetly, 'It's okay?' If something spills, falls or appears to have broken, again he turns to his mother and inquires, 'It's okay?' Mostly, when he does something mischievous as all two year old boys do, he now informs her with great confidence, 'it's okay.' Like every good mother she patiently responds, 'It's okay, it's always okay.'
CANAAN, VT - After observing the interaction between mother and child, over time it has occurred to me that our relationship with God is very much like what I'm watching. As we go about our lives, we do things that always don't seem to go the way we thought they would and we turn to God and ask Him if it's okay.
If we experience sickness, as we battle our illness striving for recovery, we turn to God and ask Him to make us okay.
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When we are exceptionally stressed at work, or with responsibilities at home, we dig down deep and push ahead to complete our deadlines and accomplish our tasks telling all that we're okay.
Those two simple words out of the mouth of a toddler that say so very much about our lives. These simple words offer so very much reassurance and encouragement that often, that's all we really need to hear to continue on in even the most difficult of situations.
Recently, a friend of mine was extremely ill from what she thought was food poisoning. She experienced all of those terrible symptoms you get, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, can't eat, and sipping liquids trying desperately not to get dehydrated.
After three days of gradually getting worse, she found it was difficult to even walk around because she felt so sick. Finally she went to the hospital to perhaps get some medicine to help her get better and surprise! She had a ruptured appendix and barely made it to the hospital before it was too late. Her stomach was so filled withwith infections that she was there for 5 days receiving massive doses of antibiotics.
While she was in the hospital, struggling to recover from this terrible illness, a priest came in to see her and offer her a blessing. After he administered the sacrament of the sick to my friend, he turned to her and told her, 'you'll be alright.' At that moment, she says that she felt a warm feeling of great love fill her and she burst into tears of joy. Could it be possible that this priest was actually a messenger from God and he was telling her 'It's okay,'? I like to think so.
I like to think God reassures us regularly just as my daughter tells her son, 'It's okay, it's always okay.'
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