Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.

Philippians 4:11 (NLB))


While at the bakery, I ran into a friend from church and we chatted while my latte was being whipped up about the changes occurring as we have recently hired a new pastor. This is good but some things are unknown and we are used to doing things the way we have always done it. She commented, “It is what it is.”

A friend tapped me on the shoulder as we headed into a meeting and asked me how my eyes were doing. She knew that is has been a year of trial and error in an effort to get better vision due to the AMD. After surgery and shots, I smiled at her and said, “It is what it is.”

We saw the movie, Bridge of Spies, last weekend and one scenario was repeated several times that caught my attention. The attorney couldn’t get over the calm the prisoner continued to display as the danger increased and asked him if he was worried. The man replied each time, “Would it do any good?”

Anxiety and fear may creep in when change occurs. Or situations pop up that can’t be fixed or controlled. Sleepless nights, frantic phone calls, terrifying thoughts, stilted emails threaten to overwhelm. Just like the disciples in the boat during the fierce storm, I find myself fretting and panicking before I finally realize that I can’t do anything—but Jesus can and will.

He calms the sea. He stills my heart. I can be content, no matter what the circumstances of my life look like today. And it is OK.

It is what it is.