It’s Only Life

Kate Voegele Lyrics

Tears are forming in your eyes
A storm is warning in the sky

The end of the world it seems
You bend down and you fall on your knees
Well get back on your feet, yeah

Don’t look away
Don’t run away
Hey baby it’s only life
Don’t lose your faith
Don’t run away
Hey baby its only life
Yea it’s only life

You were always playing hard
Never could let down your guard

But you can’t win
If you never give in
To that voice within
Saying pick up your chin
Baby let go of it


Take your hesitance
And your self-defense
Leave them behind, it’s only life
Don’t be so afraid
Of facing everyday
Just take your time, it’s only life
I’ll be your stepping-stone
No, don’t be so alone
Just hold on tight, it’s only life

Yesterday, during the lesson study at church, I was asked to explain the difference between knowing about God and knowing God. This was a question they sought a personal answer to.

I recalled somethings from the past that hurt. We have all gone through something that is painful (I assume–though I have met people who say they have not, but I think life eventually throws everyone a curveball); something that shaped us in an important way. Something we learned big lessons from.

I realized and remembered that some of these things were like the end of the world. And not to belittle them, they were the end of the world as I knew it. Then, I began to think about who I am today. These things seem strangely distant, yet so much a part of me.

So this is a message for you. Whether you are struggling, losing faith, feeling disoriented or already broken:
It is okay to fall, cry and feel numb.
But fall on your knees, cry out to God and let Him pick up the pieces when no one else will, and let Him heal you.
Sometimes this feeling will reappear but send it into His hands everytime.

It may be impossible to get out of the numbing state and end up depressed if you shut yourself in and choose it to be that way– but that is the difference between those who have hope and faith, and those who do not.

Have faith and stand back up even if everything is against you. I promise, someday it will be distant. It won’t always hurt as bad as it does now.
Don’t lose your faith, don’t run away… it’s only life.

With God, you can win at this thing called life. Things may bring us down, but you will not be utterly detroyed and cast down because His hands will hold you.

Someday you will be strong, it may not all make sense (I can’t promise that), but you will know one thing for sure: You were not alone. God never leaves us, and He walks with us always.

In the end, our sufferings are but a snapshot, a passing pinch, compared to the glory that will be revealed in us. Compared to eternity, our pain is only for a moment. Trust in Him.

Our problems now, whether they be abandonment, loneliness, heartbreak, betrayal– stand up, don’t run away. Don’t become like many: bitter, defensive, cold and out of reach.

I think it is important to remain open, to love and to see the beauty that surrounds us. As the journey continues, what it means to know God becomnes crystal clear; He is the one that has been walking with you, healing you, holding you.

Stand up, love, trust, believe. Everything else–It’s only life.

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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