Recently, the world lost an icon of mine. Her name, Mary Tyler Moore. She was my inspiration for broadcasting before there was Oprah. She represented independence, and risk-taking and success amidst challenge. As a child, I often mimicked her on the big city streets of Minneapolis in my bit city small apartment, spinning in a circle and throwing a hat into the air. Oh how I loved that opening! However, as the years went on, and as I was introduced to trouble, life compelled me to throw in the towel instead. Sometimes we may look at life and all her trouble as that woman did on the street staring at MTM! After all, I believe I’m God’s favorite (you may too), but that doesn’t stop the wicked from troubling.
During the first season of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, the song’s lyrics were, “You might just make it after all.” Sure, it’s the second month of the year, and perhaps you’ve had to sing these lyrics already. With so much going on in the world, it feels as though our heads are spinning from left to right. Amidst the madness, God is still beckoning if it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18). I must believe that “everyone” also includes within ourselves. After all, we can be our own worst enemy. We can either decide to succumb to the crazy around us, or rise above it, by giving it to God who is far more equipped to handle it, even more than another television shero, Olivia Pope.
I am finding that I must do more than just give it to God, but I must leave it with him, and I must do my level best to not engage in the stress that the situation (or person) may continue to emit while God is handling his business. But how? I’m still learning, but I’ve found that engaging in perpetual worship certainly makes a difference. For example, while getting ready for church yesterday, I thought about a situation at church that has the potential to be extremely aggravating. To counter, I began playing one of my favorite songs, “Good, Good Father.” It serves as a reminder of who he is, and that I’m loved by him, despite what I am experiencing in the natural. I listened to the song and worshiped while I dressed, while I drove, in the church and as I walked in the sanctuary. Another disciple at my church heard the song playing inside of my purse on my phone and responded, “You’re walking in worship!” I smiled. The situation did not go away, in fact, suffice to say, it amplified a bit, but my response to it was altered by making a deliberate effort to remain in the presence of God.
In 2017, I desire to live boldly. I want to take risks and feel liberated in Christ! Perhaps you share the same sentiment. In the first season of the Mary Tyler Moore show, the lyrics were, “You might just make it after all.” However, after the first season, the lyrics changed to, “You’re gonna make it after all.” After all the trials. After all the disappointments. After all the tribulations. After all the difficulty. After all the time. After all the turmoil. After all the uncertainty. After all the tears. Our God is an after all God! After all we experience, he still remains on the throne, he still remains in control and he still loves us! Whatever your “all” is, you can expect that you will never be alone on this journey (Deuteronomy 31:6). Rest on MTM. To those of us who remain in this realm, let us continue on. We’re gonna make it after all. Believe that!