Sometimes we just need to hear- “It’s going to be okay.”
We need to know that whatever is going on in our lives won’t last forever. We need to know that our circumstances are temporary & that the pain, the frustration, the exhaustion, the anxiety will not ruin us. We need to hear it out loud. “It’s going to be okay.”
For the second time in a week, I was calling my OB about a pregnancy “concern”. The first time I called, it was about accidently eating blue cheese. Yes, blue cheese & yes, eating it accidently. Now there are certain things I know I shouldn’t do while I’m pregnant. Water skiing, bungee jumping, deep sea diving. Basically all extreme sports are a no-no. But there’s something else that the internet tells you to stay away from. Blue cheese. (The internet has never steered me wrong, so I obviously listen to it on important matters such as pregnancy. Insert sarcastic tone here.) You will either get sick, or grow an 8-legged child, or jeopardize your baby’s development & ruin their chance at getting into an Ivy League school. Or something like that.
But the reason I was calling my doctor this time was about a different food. Raw chicken. I accidentally ate some on purpose.
It’s very complicated being pregnant. But to put it simply: my brain stops working.
I was making a crockpot dinner & placed the raw chicken in along with all the seasonings. I grabbed a spoonful of the sauce to make sure it tasted good. Two hours later, I realized I had swallowed a spoonful of raw chicken.
Now if it were just me, I’d wait it out & see if I started to feel sick. But c’mon. I’m growing a human being here. And I have to do everything I can to keep that little person safe & healthy. No water skiing. No deep sea diving. No blue cheese. And no raw chicken.
Even though my brain was telling me that “The Blue Cheese & Raw Chicken Incident of 2014” would be okay, I really needed to hear it from someone else.
Even though it sounds sort of silly now, the moment my doctor called me back & assured me that my baby would not grow any extra legs, I felt…relieved. It was going to be okay.
No matter what is going on today, whether you unknowing ingested blue cheese, or you’re facing one of the biggest obstacles of your life, I want you to hear something…
It’s going to be okay.
The family drama, your breaking heart, the pain you’re feeling. It’s going to be okay. Your busy schedule, that seemingly impossible project, that huge unknown thing that is ever-so-close to your heart. It won’t last forever & it will not ruin you.
It’s going to be okay. YOU are going to be okay.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, & do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5