When God Says, ‘Everything Will Be Okay’

be-okayHave you ever received God’s assurance that things will be okay? Laura shares.

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:25-27)

“Everything will be okay even if you don’t work.”

What? Where did that come from? I was sitting in my favorite chapel–having had to leave my son’s Confirmation Mass several times due to the length of the celebration and the fact I can’t sit anywhere for too long without becoming symptomatic.

I was in serious shape, my arms and legs were heavy; the heavy feeling that comes before passing out. My brain was foggy, breathing labored and thoughts were turning towards how or if I was going to make it back to church.

I knew if I could walk the 20 yards to church I would warm up–as I was freezing. I had little strength to keep my body upright, let alone walk. So I stretched out on a pew in this beautiful St. Francis Chapel and prayed.

It was one of the first times during my illness I had found this recently-built chapel–adorned with statues of Jesus, Joseph, Mary and St. Francis of Assisi. I wondered if the emergency squad would need to carry me out or if I would walk on my own accord.

I was not frightened just tired from the long evening in which I saw my son receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation.

As I prayed, this message came to me as clear as ever:

“Everything will be okay even if you don’t work.”

Okay, what does this mean and why did I hear it at this moment? I wasn’t thinking about work, I was pondering whether I would stay conscious.

After hearing the message, I recovered enough to get back to church, warm up and eventually take some lovely family pictures with the bishop. I don’t remember conversations after Mass as I was still a bit fuzzy, but the photographs I have show pure joy on our faces.

And from that day forward while dealing with many uncertainties that came up as I prepared to retire from my job, I thought back to that night and the message I received. I admit there was anxiety but in my heart I knew that everything was going to be okay–because in that chapel I was told.

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for Your reassurance that things would work out for my family even if I did not work. You have provided for us and I thank You for that. Amen.

About the author:
Laura Seil Ruszczyk lives in New York with her husband and three kids. She retired from her job as an elementary school counselor in 2012. She is writing a book about her struggles with dysautonomia–a neurological condition in which the autonomic nervous system malfunctions, affected such things as blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and temperature regulation. She finds great comfort in praying often in the St. Francis Chapel at her church.

What reassurances from God have you received that you would like to share?

In this song Mandisa sings, “The Truth About Me.” It is a lovely song about how God sees us, regardless of how we see ourselves. I hope the tune and the lyrics touch you today and remind you how precious you are to Him. When you can begin to comprehend this–even just a little–you will believe that everything will be okay. -Lisa