I'm Alright · 28 July 2007

When I was about 16, God spoke very clearly to me. It was not an audible voice like when God spoke to Moses at the burning bush but He spoke through a song on the radio at just the right time. He spoke at just the right time to calm four worried kids.

Our whole family was at the hospital waiting while the doctors tried to figure out what was wrong with Mom and why she could not breathe very well. Dad was with her and the doctors while the four of us kids were in the waiting room not sure of what was happening. It was dark outside and the only reason I know I was at least 16 was that Dad gave me some money and the keys to the car and told me to take my brothers and sister to get something to eat. We were all worried about Mom but Dad knew that we needed to eat and get out of the hospital. I know that we were all wondering what we would do without Mom.

That was the frame of mind that kept the four of us kids silent as we left the hospital for the car. I remember getting into the car and turning the key in the ignition. The radio had been left on as usual and as if on cue, Kenny Loggins’ song, “I’m Alright” started playing from the beginning. Those first words, “I’m alright; Don’t nobody worry ‘bout me,” calmed me and I told everybody that Mom was going to be okay. I think we all knew that the song was a message from God about Mom because by the time we got to the restaurant, we were calm enough to eat and talk.

We were much happier when we got back to the hospital and found out that Mom had had an allergic reaction to some medicine. That was why she was having difficulty breathing. Dad looked relieved when he told us that Mom would be okay but we kids already knew that because of a message from God.

“I’m Alright” is an old song now but every time I hear it I smile to myself. I smile remembering the message from God to four scared kids who were worried about their Mom. I smile because I know that God is still looking out for us all. And I smile because I know that God still speaks to us today. Even if it is through a song on the radio.

© 2007 Michael T. Miyoshi

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