Everything is all right. Curious words to say at a time like this. Today the world stays home. We wear masks and gloves to go out in public. We are denied human contact and interaction. There is economic downfall. Businesses are scrambling for loans to stay afloat. Unemployment lines are long. We hear words like “death toll” commonly used on the news. Today we await briefing from our government on what is happening and what is to come. But still, everything is all right.
Long ago, there was a woman with an old husband and a young son. In a moment’s time, the boy became ill and died. The woman asked her husband for a servant and a donkey so she could go see the man of God. This man of God was the prophet Elisha who had foretold the boy’s birth and had “given” him to her because of her kindness in providing him lodging as he passed through their town. The husband said, “Why go to him today? It’s not a New Moon or Sabbath.” She replied, “Everything is all right.” (2 Kings 4:23).
What? Everything is all right? Her son had just died. All right doesn’t seem to be a good description.
As you read through the chapter, the woman comes toward Elisha, and Elisha tells his servant to go meet her and ask, “Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your son all right?” She answered, “Everything is all right.” When she finally reaches Elisha, she clings to his feet. Elisha’s servant tries to push her off, but Elisha stops him and says that the woman is in severe anguish. Anguish and all right do not belong in the same sentence. Or, do they? The woman clings to Elisha and refuses to leave him. “ As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” ( 2 Kings 4:30)
What can this mean? In God’s sovereignty, could this have been placed here to remind us that we can be in anguish, but still be all right as we cling to God? Everything can be all right as we look to the One who is in charge of all things and we refuse to leave Him. Today, Christians, we are in anguish. Today, we see suffering. But also, everything is all right. May God give us the faith of this woman to declare that we won’t leave Him. Only then can everything be all right.