“That’s enough!” Have you ever said that to your children? I have, when they’ve been fussing with one another or rough housing. Oblivious to the fact that they are ignoring everyone around them completely consumed with themselves and their little party. When this would happen it had actually been going on for longer than it should have. I would end up raising my voice and abruptly scaring them out of their “me parties” into obedience. Resulting in them pouting and saying, “but they started it. It’s not my fault. Why can’t we keep doing what we’ve been doing…we like our little parties”
Is Christ enough? The right answer is YES, of course. But do we actually, in the deepest part of our souls, believe that? Is that how we make every-single-decision day in, day out? Is that the truth we base our lives on? Yeah, it can be difficult to do that in our culture. We are hammered from every side that it’s about us. That we deserve more. Me, me, me.
We wake up one day and our plan is crumbling right before our eyes.
Now insert those not-so-random abrupt halts to our me parties that come our way. We wake up one day and our plan is crumbling right before our eyes. Our children (no matter what age they are) are a constant worry. We want to be God in their lives. We want to fix anything and everything that comes their way, things that might actually grow them if we’d step back and let God be God. Questioning God about it. Why He’s not doing what we think is best.
Why is it that God has to get our attention, like I was saying I did with my children? Why is it that we tune Him out going about our daily “me parties” mindlessly dancing through the tulips oblivious to anyone or anything around us? And when the storm clouds come and our party is canceled abruptly. we begin to whine, we cry out for the rain to stop so we can keep up our absent minded dancing. When we know from past party crashers it’s during those storms that He reminds us of the truth of how is HE IS ENOUGH. It’s during these times I snap out of my me parities and cry out, “You are enough, Lord, You are my ALL…this situation is Yours, you knew it was going to happen You were already here…You ARE ENOUGH.”
For a couple of days I was completely consumed in a plot to shew this cloud away.
I had one of those me parties this past week. I was going along prancing through my weekend enjoying no clouds.When suddenly one of my children who is far far away also experienced a storm cloud. For a couple of days I was completely consumed in a plot to shew this cloud away. To fix a problem that I had absolutely zero control over. I was going to be Super Mom. Even asking God if He was sure that He didn’t need me do anything! How absurd! It was an abrupt halt in my party & He graciously reminded me HE IS ENOUGH. Our children are His. Our lives are His. He has our very best interest in mind. Even when we can’t wrap our minds around it. Even when our site is obstructed by our own noses. Especially during those times. I’m so thankful He sends the clouds to remind me.
Wouldn’t it be better to not throw the me parties? Wouldn’t it be so good for us to begin everyday saying, “Jesus, You are enough…keep me focused on you so I won’t be tempted to throw a grand me party today.”
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11