We arrived home at 1:00am yesterday after a long day of traveling. We had a wonderful time on a cruise to Honduras, Belize and Mexico. After so many years of staying home raising a family, to travel like that was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the time with my teen daughters Gracie and Lanie, and my son Thomas and his wife Tori. We went on a ziplining and cave tubing adventure in Belize, and it stretched me out of my comfort zone, for sure!
My flight leaves early this Thursday morning for the annual T-Tapp Retreat and Trainer Certifications in Safety Harbor, Florida. I’ll confess that I’m not ready to leave home again so soon. In between preparations for a new homeschool year, getting our 19yo off to college, and running a thriving Plexus business, life is very busy.
I caught myself feeling the old familiar fear. Increased heart rate, feelings of overwhelm, dread and desperation. Even though I appeared outwardly calm, inside my head the thoughts were swirling and bubbling. Then two things happened:
1) A change of scenery. My husband needed to set up for an event at the church, so all four girls and I went with him to get it done quickly. Since our time is so limited this week I wanted to stay together. Getting out of the house gave me a fresh view, and a thought hit me while driving.
2) A change in perspective. It’s so simple it sounds silly. I realized that I was being a worrier instead of a prayer warrior. And I heard the sweet voice of Jesus whisper to me “All is well.”
All is well.
Something about that phrase melts my anxiety. It’s “I’ve got this, don’t worry, I’ve got your back, it will all work out, it’s all good, and your life is for you” all rolled into three gracious words. I can look to Him for every need, every detail and every homesick moment. His gracious hand is upon me.
Three words that change everything. All is well.
The words and the meaning are always there, waiting for me to return. I drift away from them when I focus on my problems and circumstances. Fear is a type of faith, but it’s faith in the wrong kingdom.
Whatever you’re fretting about today, listen for those words and believe them. All is well.