April 8, 2020
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, pray… ” (Philippians 4:6-CSB)
As I hugged my husband the morning of March 23, 2020, the Holy Spirit surprised me and reminded me of a precious moment in my life. I had not thought about it in a very long time. It was an unbelievable, timely reminder.
Travel back a few years with me, I was a Mom of two young boys, a three-year-old and an eight-month-old. It was December of 1997 and I was excited to celebrate my youngest’s first Christmas. I worked for a company headquartered in Atlanta. I was the branch manager for the Clarksville, Tennessee office. My immediate boss’ flew me to Atlanta for what I thought was going to be a promotion. I was blindsided. They had flown me to Atlanta to inform me that they were closing the Clarksville office effective immediately. I was in shock.
And, I had to return and deliver the news to my whole team.
On the flight back home, it was all I could do to hold back my tears. God mercifully placed a sweet Jamaican woman right beside me. We exchanged pleasantries. I don’t remember everything about that encounter, but I remember telling her my story. I remember confessing my faith in God and her agreement. I am sure she could see and feel my distress. She offered me encouragement. Her words still loudly echo through my mind just like the Bob Marley lyrics, “Gurl, don’t worry about a thing. ‘Cause every things gonna be all right!” That’s what she said!
She exited the plane before I did. I tried to catch up with her as the passengers parted on the ramp. She was gone. She was nowhere to be found. With all my heart, I believe God sent a ministering angel to me in that special moment.
Today, the Holy Spirit used her memory and words to encourage me again. They just happen to be the same words of Paul. Bob Marley just happened to turn Paul’s words into the lyrics of a song which I hummed all day!
I enCOURAGE you to sing when you are shaken. Sing with when you are afraid. Sing when you are mourning. Sing when the nation is at unrest. Sing when you are sad. Singin’:
“Don’t worry ’bout a thing,
‘Cause every little things gonna be all right.”
Singin’: “Don’t worry (don’t worry) ’bout a thing,
‘Cause every little things gonna be all right!”
Can you hear her? Can you hear God? I can.