It is what it is.” This is a favorite of my mom’s. When discussing her health, a not so good night’s sleep or her caregiver giving her something she doesn’t particularly like for supper, she says. “It is what it is”. My sister and I now say this as well when things don’t go the way we’ve planned, or the weather is not what we want it to be or we are at the grocery store when we realize we have left our grocery list at home. Sometimes you just need to shrug it off knowing, it is what it is, period. Oh yes, we laugh about it afterwards and we move on because in all reality we understand that we don’t always get our way. But think about it, if you always did get your way, I wonder how many of us would be truly grateful or would we eventually take it for granted thinking our lives are better than all the others who have to carry the inconveniences of a not so perfect life. God knew what He was doing when He so lovingly created us. Some things we have control over, but others we do not, and ultimately God is the One who plans our way and directs our steps. He also knows that life is not about being given every desire we have, but it is serving Him and doing so with a grateful heart, on good days and bad days. (At least we call them bad days) but they all serve to fulfill His plan, bringing Him honor and glory as well as working towards our own best interest. We learn to pray with-in His will, longing to follow His ways and becoming the people He desires us to be. It all works together for good. Romans 8:28
So as this new year unfolds may we all ask for His guidance and not complain about all of life’s irritants. Life isn’t always rosy and the sun doesn’t always shine, so the next time you get caught in a rain storm walking home, look heavenward and smile because after all, “It is what it is”.
Then when you get home, dry off and have yourself a cup of coffee. You are loved!