Rodney’s Reflection: Are You Okay?

Are you okay? A simple, yet meaningful question. Especially in unsettling times. Times like right now, in the middle of a Global pandemic and civil unrest within our country. Are you okay? How do you answer, when almost everyday something changes or doesn’t go as you plan?

I remember when I was 16 and had just started driving by myself, I was on my way home from a friends house and it was raining hard. I hit my breaks and hydroplaned into the truck in front of me. To say the least I was a little bit rattled. I was crying, and shaking. The front end of the truck was a mess. I called my dad to tell him what happened. I will never forget when I told him I had wrecked my truck, he immediately asked, Are you okay?

I know I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was. His main concern was my condition, not what happened to the truck. When I answered him “ yes, “ he said, trucks can be fixed.

Simple, yet meaningful words.

So many times when we are asked, “How are you? Are you OK?”, we simple answer, “I am fine, I am good”.  But is that the truth?

Today you might not be okay. You might be facing a mountain of sadness, scary diagnosis, financial disaster, or uncertainty of the future. You might be through the valley and not even know why you are not okay.

The Good News is that you don’t have to be okay. It is okay to not be okay. Jesus loves you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect, you don’t have to have it all together, you can make mistakes, wreck your car, even your life, and Jesus still loves you. Jesus is the one who makes us right. Jesus is the one who will make us whole again.

If you aren’t able to be vulnerable with a friend today and let them know you are not okay, please be vulnerable before God. Be honest with yourself and let Jesus know what you want Jesus to do for you.  Tell Jesus how you are feeling, the struggles, the questions, and ask for help. The Good news is Jesus is here for you and doesn’t expect you to have it all figured out. Jesus wants to be with you in the midst of the struggle. Jesus wants you to be safe and to come home.

Are you okay?

Simple yet meaningful words…