Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Tuesday, March 17

Ali Davis

Celebrate

“Once I get up I feel better Then I pull myself together
I remember those two letters It will be O.K.”
Mika - “Celebrate”

 

This isn’t a religious song by any means. It is written and performed by a European secular pop artist. But there is something about the upbeat tempo and reassuring words that catches me every time I hear it. I was introduced to Mika back in high school when my friends and I would try to sing along with his incredible falsetto. The messages of his peppy songs generally revolve around the love and acceptance of everyone.

 

I remember the first time I heard this specific song. I had just graduated college, I purchased the album, and decided to go on a long walk to listen to it from start to finish. I was jobless and wasn’t sure of my future at the time. I heard this chorus and it stopped me in my tracks. Mika’s lyrics are spot on. “It will be O.K.” No matter what life throws at us, God will make sure we’re O.K. If I didn’t get a job right out of college (which I didn’t) what’s the worst that would happen? I spend a year living with my family and growing closer to them? It will be O.K.

 

Nowadays, just like any other person in this world, I sometimes get overwhelmed by the day to day or year to year demands of life. Whether it’s being overtaxed at work or major car trouble or a family member (or two) being diagnosed with a medical issue, my mind begins to race with all the “what if’s?” I can become crippled with anxiety thinking about worst case scenarios. But “then I pull myself together, I remember those two letters, it will be O.K.” I sometimes find myself repeating these lyrics to myself in a sing-songy manner, almost like a mantra. It will be O.K. because God is walking through this life with me.

 

The song goes on to encourage the listener to have fun and celebrate life. Though this is just a secular pop song, God speaks loudly through it to me. I don’t need to be paralyzed by anxiety because God has always, and will always, make sure everything is O.K. I have been gifted this one life and I should be celebrating it rather than constantly worrying.

 

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear... Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.” Matthew 6: 25-28

 

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