At busy family gatherings or on playdates with my cousins or helping out after the youngest cousins were born, I remember my Aunt Chris always saying, “You are so fine.” In response to so many things.
I don’t remember exactly what at this point in my life, but most often it came when we questioned whether or not what we were doing was right or helpful or overstepping or anything out of line. And every time she extended grace and gracious hospitality, never causing us to question how welcome we were in her home or our ability to intuit what needed to happen next.
It was always: “You are so fine.” with unspoken undertones of: You are so loved. You are so whole. You are so welcome. You are more important than whatever at hand.
As an adult I’ve found myself echoing her at times and reminded of how we are so fine in Christ. I’ve found it hard to tell myself that what I am doing is sufficient even if it feels lacking.
Because all those little things that bother us when we worry about being exactly right or being taken exactly the right way are covered or even not being taken in exactly the wrong way. Those things are covered in grace.
You are so fine.
It is so fine.
It will be so fine.
You are so loved.
You are so whole.
You are so welcome.
We can let go of our tendency to strive and our worries about pleasing when we rest in our salvation instead of our own attempts at perfection.
“Knowing we have died with Christ and inhabit the invisible kingdom of God means in Christ we are fine even when we don’t feel fine.” Emily P. Freeman, Simply Tuesday p.145
I am blogging everyday this October on the theme of Soul Calm. I want to take the dust of the day and sift it through my fingers. I want to see beauty, drink peace, and rest in calm assurance. Let the dust drift away, seen and unseen, beautiful, maybe, but not mine to keep. I hope it blesses you. You can find the collection of Soul Calm posts here: