A post from 2011. I wrote this just 2 months before Charlie’s unexpected diagnosis. I had no idea that I was preparing myself for hearing the worst news since our little family became a unit.
You know that feeling when you get the wind knocked out of you? It’s scary and painful and often laced with moments of panic. Maybe you remember a time as a child when you were injured. I grew up in with a houseful of brothers, so most of our ER visits were for one of them! A phrase we often hear in times like these is “It’s going to be okay”. Very simple words, yet for some reason they bring comfort.
A few weeks ago, I gracefully missed a step, and tripped. Ok, so I clumsily fell off the platform at church. Yes, you read that correctly. Thankfully, it was after church. 🙂
When I felt the crunch in my foot, and was suddenly sitting on the floor with pain shooting up my foot and leg, I probably would not have appreciated a quotation from a famous philosopher. A simple question from my 2 year old daughter was all I needed. With a frown and a worried look, she asked me “Mommy, you ok”? It made me relax, take a deep breath, smile at her and say “Yes, baby, I’m going to be ok”. And you know what? It was ok. Not right away, not while I was immobilized for the next few days, and losing sleep because of the pain at night. Little by little, day by day, it’s gotten better. Sometimes I feel a little twinge, a reminder that my foot was broken, but for the most part…..it’s ok.
There are several people in my life who as of late have had the emotional wind knocked out of them. It breaks my heart. I want to be strong and courageous for them and impart words of wisdom and direction and comfort into their life, but instead this one little phrase keeps popping back up in my mind. “Tell them it’s going to be ok”.
You may have lost a job, a loved one, a friend, a baby, your faith, and even the last ounce of hope you had. You may be scared and in pain, and have moments of panic. You may be immobilized, losing sleep, or your house is just too quiet.
There is One who never leaves us or forsakes us. His hand is on your brow and He whispers words that heal. Whatever you are facing, know that “It’s going to be ok”.
Just wait and see….little by little, day by day, you will get your breath back. 🙂