When Deb, a single mom, got phone calls from school or worried about the behavior of her daughter, she turned off the TV and she prayed. When her fiancé mysteriously wanted some time off from the relationship, Deb fasted. She read scripture and she pulled in as close to God as she could.
Every time she faced an obstacle, whether it was as scary as a potentially serious health issue or as simple as a looming deadline at work, she would turn toward God.
Every time she’d tell us God’s got this.
She said it often enough that it became her trademark and the phrase we all held on to in the days and months after her car crash. At her funeral person after person told of her strong faith and her pure love and joy. And without planning it, person after person mentioned God’s got this and they pointed to Deb’s favorite Bible verse, which says that those who wait on the Lord will be strengthened. They will spread their wings and soar like eagles. They will run and not grow weary.
Deb knew about loss and knew what cancer could take from a family. She knew about divorce. She knew about hard work. But she also knew where her strength came from, or more accurately, who her strength came from.
And the best part?
She lived her life that way – as if she really trusted. With the little things and with the big. Without hanging posters on the walls of her office or wearing T-shirts with Isaiah 40:31 emblazoned on them, we all knew about Deb’s faith because we saw it every day.
God’s got this.
I’ve grown to love that phrase in the last year. I use it when I’m crying in the drive-thru at Tim Horton’s because I miss Daddy and when I’m nervous about speaking in front of people. When I’m afraid the teenager won’t be ready for life beyond my house, and when the list of home repairs grows faster than my budget. When I start a project that’s much, much larger than I’ve ever done before and when I look at a blank page and wonder how on Earth I’ll ever do justice to my friend’s memory.
Turns out she wrote her own story by how she lived: Whatever it is that we’re worried about, God will help us through. We’re never alone.
God’s got this.