I was heading to an appointment and was totally exhausted. I had been going, going, going for two straight weeks and my body was beginning to feel the effects of so much work. On top of the physical stress, I was mentally stressed too.
My life is full and I have so many responsibilities. The opportunities are bountiful and being a person who hates to say No, I had said Yes too many times. I had over-committed again and I was mad at myself. You would think after more than 60 years on this earth, I would get that part straight. I would take more time to smell the roses and less time feeding them.
When the vehicle pulled in front of me and I saw the message on his tire cover, I praised God for the driver and his sense of humor! He must be a really cool person and surely makes the best of each day.
The music in my head went straight to Bob Marley singing, “Every little thing gonna be all right. Don’t worry about a thing!”
As I sang the song in my head, I was having a conversation with God at the same time.
“But, God, maybe all the little things will be all right. And all those big things are really scary. We have the worst political system ever in our history and mean, nasty people are every where. Are those big issues gonna be all right too? How can we fix all this hate and division? What’s the answer, Lord?”
I heard nothing from God and I kept singing, “Every little thing gonna be all right. Don’t worry about a thing!”
And I kept speaking to God about all the stuff I was worried about. I spoke about my friend who has health problems. I spoke about another one going through teenage problems. And another one worrying about his career. I spoke about my family and I told God I was worried about my grands and the world they would grow up in. I was really worried about my country too. That burden was YUGE! I was getting out so many things that had been bothering me and unloaded on God, big time.
The vehicle in front of me stayed right there for a good 2 miles. He was acting as if he was my pace car. My pace car for life. When it was time for me to turn off, I didn’t want to leave him. He and I had become friends on Beach Boulevard and I felt like I was leaving my new best friend. I hope we’ll meet again one day soon.
I kept singing in my head and managed to get to my appointment a little early. I pulled into a parking spot, turned off the car, and sat in the silence.
“Every little thing gonna be all right. Don’t worry about a thing!”
And then I heard God singing along with me in my head. “Oh, Billie, every little thing gonna be all right. Don’t worry about a thing. I got every thing and you got to stop worrying, little girl. Didn’t I tell you that worrying doesn’t fix anything. Remaining in faith and in peace fixes every little thing and in my mind, sweet Billie, every thing is little because I’m a big God. I will never leave you or forsake you and all the worries of the world will be fixed one day. Just believe. Just trust. Just remember all the wonderful miracles you’ve seen in your life time. I’m still making miracles and sometimes they are small — like the guy driving the vehicle with the sign on the back. That was me! I knew you needed a little levity in your life and this is what I thought would bring you some joy. Cheer up, little girl, I love you and “Every little thing gonna be all right. Don’t worry about a thing!”
Oh I needed that encounter. I had no idea how much I would need that encounter as other “little things” showed up in my day and they were not all good. One was very serious indeed and it broke my heart. I could not help but think that God knew it would happen. Was He preparing me for that bad news? I don’t know but I do know this, I went to sleep last night singing, “Every little thing gonna be all right. Don’t worry about a thing!” And I woke up this morning to that song in my head and … ready for this … another sign from God – the full moon beaming over my condo in the sky. If God can set the moon in the sky, He’s got all those other “little things” we tend to fret over.
My friends, I don’t know the answers to most of the issues of this day. I do know that we all have issues. We all have “little things” and some are “big things.” And I know that we are called to Not Worry and boy oh boy is that hard to do! But God will always find a way to help you if you just call on Him. Ask Him for help. Believe He will help you. Then sit quietly and listen for His advice. I promise you, He will speak to you and He may sing along with you too!
God is so incredibly sweet. He will be your pace car of life as you travel down the road that may have pot holes at times. And as you learn to follow His pace car, remember to keep singing “Every little thing gonna be all right. Don’t worry about a thing!”
What’s got you worried today? It’s no big thing, my friend, and every thing is gonna be all right! Don’t believe me, just look up tonight at the full moon.
Peace, Love, Out, Billie