All Will Be Well

teens“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6 NIV)

Tonight, thirteen 13-yr-olds are invading my home for a “sleepover”, in name only. I vaguely remember age 13…a time of future unlimited, worried only about boys and pimples and grades. Not a 401K, or an arthritic flare-up, or aging parents. My mother probably wished for me then the same thing that I’m wishing for these girls tonight-for a convincing way to communicate to each girl that their worries are unnecessary.

I want to tell them, “All these things will pass so quickly. God takes care of each problem in its proper time, and you don’t have to worry. All will be well.”

As I’ve aged, I’ve allowed myself to worry about more “important” things-family and health and jobs. Yet if God chose to speak audibly to me, wouldn’t He say the same things that I want to say to the young girls?

“All these things will pass so quickly. I will take care of each problem in its proper time, and you don’t have to worry. All will be well.”

Regardless of our age, whether 13 or 43 or 73, one thing that never changes is that when we take our cares to the Father, He always listens.

If something is important to us, whether it’s a doctor’s appointment or a stomachache or a broken heart, He cares. And He’s got it all under control.

I’m still learning how to “not be anxious.” One day I hope to really get it. In the meantime, I’ll keep praying and thanking God for His precious care of me. And try to enjoy the party. I’m a little quieter than the 13-yr-olds in my living room, but my heart is just as full of joy.

Lord, Thank you for listening to every single request I have, and for answering each one in Your attentive and perfect way. May I learn to release my anxieties and to trust You more. You haven’t let me down yet. And You never will. All will be well.

Lisa Burgess lives in Alabama with her husband and her youngest teenage daughter. Living with chronic pain is teaching her many life lessons. Share your journey with her at