an expensive night at the ER.
a car that’s in the shop for yet another repair.
looming big expenses in the next few months that i’m just not sure where the money will come from.
i’m a pretty good budgeter. i squirrel away funds.
but these things are beyond my acorn pile.
and in the midst of it all, while the lingering question is “where is that going to come from?” God is constantly whispering something to me.
“I will give you what you need, when you need it. Not before, not after.”
and He has. time and time again, God has provided for what we need when we need. nothing more, nothing less.
as i was listening to a new song, “enough” by singer/songwriter sara groves, the following lyrics impacted me:
Really we don’t need much
Just strength to believe
There’s honey in the rock,
There’s more than we see
In these patches of joy
These stretches of sorrow
There’s enough for today
There will be enough tomorrow
i always think of God’s provision as providing money—money for some bill or unexpected expense.
but i don’t just need money.
i need other things too.
sometimes my life requires more from me than i think i can give.
people need emotional support, understanding.
or they need my knowledge.
or my physical help with something.
people need stuff from me, from you. and sometimes, we just don’t have it to give.
we don’t have it in us.
sometimes the most costly thing from every day life isn’t measured in currency, but in emotional toil. life drains us out.
and we’re not sure if we have what it takes to keep going. to keep giving. to keep doing.
but God can provide that too.
He can be our enough, when we just don’t have it in us.
God’s been showing me that He’s enough for what i need to be the husband, dad, co-worker, whatever role i fill. whatever requires something from me.
whatever overwhelms me.
wherever i know i have a “limit.”
He can give me what i need, when i need it.
no more, no less.
He can give me the ability to do that one more thing in an already busy day.
He can provide time for someone hurting or in need, when there just isn’t a spare minute.
He can provide a solution for a problem that comes up that overwhelms me.
God is so much more than a monetary Provider, yet i’ve so limited to Him that—being content to accept my own limitations. emotionally, physically, spiritually.
He’s bigger than that.
His mercies are new every morning.
He provides what i need for today when i need it. no more, no less.
and He can do the same for tomorrow—whatever that entails.
God be my Provider. because i just can’t do this. i can’t solve this. i can’t make it happen.
God be my Enough.
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