Yesterday was one of “those” days. I sank into that darkness and allowed myself to be there. Overwhelmed by my circumstances because I chose to be overwhelmed. Did God make me overwhelmed? Did He design me to worry, and carry my burdens alone? No. I see that, I saw that, yet I turned from that truth and chose to wallow.
“As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.” Psalm 119:143
This morning as I lay in my bed, awake far earlier than I needed to be, I became acutely aware of God’s presence. He wouldn’t let me go back to sleep. So I got up, made my coffee, and sat and listened. What, God, what?
“I’m giving you an opportunity.”
Me: “Is that so? I’m not sure ‘opportinity’ is the word I’d use.”
“I’m giving you an opportunity to trust Me, an opportunity others don’t always recognize.”
Me: “Ohhhh, I see. I thought I did trust you?”
“Your behavior gives you away. You don’t believe; you doubt. You say Psalm 119:143 over and over, yet it’s not true. It’s not real to you, it’s what you want, but you don’t have it….yet.”
Me: “I want it to be real! I want to believe it and live it!”
“Remember, it is harder for the wealthy to enter My kingdom, easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle, actually. You truly learn to trust Me when I am all you have, when I am your only hope, your only comfort, your only companion. When your friend leaves you, when money is gone, when your child is ill, when you are ill, and when you cannot fix any of it yourself, then you learn to trust. I am teaching you how to trust. Will you learn?”
Me: “It hurts, so much.”
“You are not alone. I have never gone anywhere. You choose to walk away from Me when you don’t believe.”
Me: “Teach me, I am ready to learn! Thank you for giving me this opportunity, I don’t want to waste it! I confess my unbelief!”
Nothing changed in my circumstances, but He began to change me. In class this morning we talked of Truth. How I needed that! We act what we believe! The light bulb deep down flickers as we discuss….
We live our whole lives trying to be what God already made us. Who am I? I am a new creation, with a new heart, a heart that he turned from stone to flesh the moment I became His. That’s who I am; yet I live my life as if I need to attain that. Do this, be better at that…but I’m failing! Of course I am failing, because I am trying to be what he already made me! What I need to do is walk in the truth of what He said I already am. Live the truth of His word. I cannot do this unless I allow Him to grab hold of my heart. I cannot do it by grabbing Him, He has to call me, speak to me, and open my eyes to who I am in Jesus, and what His heart is towards me.
My new friend passes me a paper, “God just spoke to me for you”.
“Paying bills in the spirit, paying bills in the flesh.
Faith vs Flesh
The battle begins at the first look—Thinking there is more than what I have in front of me.
Humble and grateful for all that I have, lots or little.
Are we thanking Him?
Thank you Lord for paying this bill. Asking Him to guide you to the rest.
What has God placed on my plate?—-What am I doing with what God has given,
protected and nothing
sharing a little
making a difference
giving what I’ve been given.”
My eyes were opening. On the way from class to the worship service I prayed….
Grab my heart, make me to see.
First the music….
He is mighty to save….
Yes, He is, I know that….and then He grabbed me…..
“These sufferings, this passing tide, under Your wings I will abide, and every enemy shall flee. You are my hope and victory. Praise the Father, praise the Son, praise the Spirit three in One; clothed in power and in grace, the Name above all other names.”
Weeping….I can’t even sing anymore. My friends behind me lay hands on me and pray. My friend next to me holds my hand. They know, they understand my pain and they care. But even if they didn’t, I know He would be enough. He is enough. He is all I need. My hope and victory is the Name above all names! I have victory, I don’t need to try to get what I already have! Eyes are open!
Then the sermon…..
“All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.” Acts 4:32-35
Wow! I couldn’t think of anyone in my life that unselfish and sacrificial, including myself! No, in my case I try and try and try to make it work in my own power. What little (and I mean little) I have I feel like I need or else….
I won’t be able to pay my bills
I won’t have my physical needs met
I won’t be able to feed my child
Or will I? No, I only think I am doing those things, when in reality I was never doing those things. It was always God, not me. And I was ungrateful because I thought I needed more! No God, it’s not enough. I need a “best” friend an ‘ana duo’ like she has, I need health, I need food, I need money for bills…..Or do I? I am trying to get what I already have….Jesus. He is all. I need nothing else.
At that moment, when God changed my vision, I realized I had too much. I wanted to get rid of it. Oh how selfish a creature I am! Attempting to hang tightly on to what…scraps of money that isn’t “enough” to do what I need it to do? How ridiculous! I have the richest Ruler of all living in my heart, directing my steps, is He not fully capable of making provision? How dare I think “it’s not enough”! Oh when those scales fall off it’s marvelous! Freeing! No longer do I need to worry about getting this tumor removed, paying rent, or having a friend who understands me. I don’t need to make it happen, or force anything. God has intentionally placed me where He wants me, and that is where I want to be!
Me: “Ok, how much?”
Sacrificially. I will take care of you.
When you hear Him so loudly, how can you not trust?! He was right in front of me. It was easy, all of a sudden, to give it away. It was never mine to begin with. Contentment that is not forced…that is a treasure. No longer am I trying to be content, because I realize IN HIM I have contentment already. No more trying, just resting. I don’t know what’s going to happen, I don’t know how He will work it out, I just know that He will. And it has nothing to do with me. I just needed to quit trying so hard to do His job. I needed to pray, “Grab my heart….open my eyes.”
I picked up my sweet girl from Sunday School and found another answered prayer. A teacher she had been having trouble with for months, afraid of and refusing to be around, well Samantha was in her class and happy! So long I had prayed for that, and somewhat given up on the request. But there it was, a miracle before my eyes! And those who knew the situation knew it was a miracle!
“And you doubt Me.”
Me: Thank you, Jesus. Thank you….
Home now….Not even yelling spouse or crying child will bring me back to the “self” I had been lost in. Home is wonderful, the home He provided. It is enough because He was there….
He is here.
That is all I need, I have enough.
He is enough, and no one could make Him be enough except for Him.
Yes, He is our contentment, He is our ana duo, He is our provision and rest….He is… I AM that I AM! Yes… Jesus+nothing=EVERYTHING He IS all we need. Thank you for sharing:)
I catch myself saying “Jesus AND….” or “Jesus BUT…” and He checks my spirit. It’s “Jesus PERIOD.”
He is enough; His grace is sufficient! I can’t see past today,k but for today I have all I need =)
How fickle we are to worry! But inevitably we do at some time or other! So grateful for His mercy and patience!!!