As our observation of Lent continues, we encourage you to read and pray through this week’s daily devotion.
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” These words are not easy for me to hear right now.
In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul speaks about his thorn in the flesh, the mysterious struggle he endured and begged God to take away. And each time, God responded simply: “My grace is enough for you.”
Can I be honest for a second? At first glance it seems like such a token response. It’s like God is telling Paul to just get over it. “You have enough, so just move on.” And it seems like this response satisfied Paul. He accepted his shortcoming and even found pleasure in living with it.
I don’t think I’m like Paul.
Last night I got to do one of my favorite things in the world. I got to spend the evening in Trevor & Brittany’s home along with Chris and other friends. These people are my family and I cling to the rare moments that we have to spend together. We ate and talked and laughed. We enjoyed each other’s company.
And all I could think about was what I didn’t have.
You see, my friends have spent so many of the previous months in transition. Having endured tight living quarters and uneasiness in job situations, they have moved their possessions to new homes. It has not been easy in any sense of the word.
But now they are on the other side. They have beautiful new homes and fulfilling new jobs. They are enjoying the fruits of struggling through transition. They have found friends and community in their new surroundings.
And I’m jealous.
I look at their new homes and remember the cracks in my own. I hear about their work and dread the struggles that I have in my own job. It’s amazing how I can simultaneously rejoice with my friends and resent their good fortune at the same time. It’s a miserable feeling that mars the blessing in front of me.
This is my desire in Lent. That in depriving myself of anything – food, coffee, and activity I enjoy – I may realize that more is not necessarily the answer. That I can survive without the more that I think I need.
That I may be reminded that enough is a godly concept not to be rejected.
So today, may we all lay down our desires for more, even if it is just for a moment. May we see that enough is a not just sufficient, but something to rejoice. And may we all embrace the enough in our lives long enough to revel in the blessings that we have right before us this day.
Because pleasure and joy can be found in enough.