I AM OKAY – Devotion 132

Our days can be filled with joys and laughter, excitement and celebration.  They can also be filled with loss and difficulty, grief and tears.  Both are okay.  There are times for both.  There are moments that hold both.  There are also days of neither.  Those days of “hanging on” are part of life too.  We could be having just an okay day, one that is simply about making it through.  And that’s okay too.  There are gifts in each of these days.  We are not prisoners of despair.  We have been given a glimpse of promise.  

We can easily identify the gifts of a joyful day.  We physically feel the uplifting of laughter.  But there are times when tears cleanse.  There are days when grief is speaking to us in our darkness and reminding us of the light.  There are occasions when having a moment to just breathe is all we could ask or hope.  And those are gifts too.  

With all that goes on in our lives, it is difficult to be okay.  It can be challenging to find the time to simply be.  We can be pushed for the opportunity to enjoy what God has given us.  Some days, it is enough to simply be okay.  No fireworks or excitement needed.  No pep talks or dream catching required.  It is okay to simply be okay.  To live today, to take a deep breath, to feel God’s warmth and presence is more than enough.  To know that we are loved beyond measure is more than we can comprehend – but it means we can be okay.  To know that we are not alone in our battle is enough for today.  

If you struggle today, know that you are not alone.  You do not fight these battles alone.  God is with us.  He is holding us up even when we feel like collapsing.  He helps us to melt into his presence knowing that we are okay.  For today, okay is more than enough.  

Focus Scripture:

Psalm 42:1-3, 11

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
    so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
    for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
    the face of God?
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me continually,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my help and my God.

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