More Than Enough
I will have to be honest with you, this past week I was a little scared by the predications of almost 7 inches of snow coming this way, but I was also excited. I really wanted to be build a snowman, go sledding, and admire the beauty of God’s creation majestically cloaked in white snowflakes. But by the time I left the office, the few inches that we did receive were almost gone and God’s creation was only partially covered by majestic snowflakes.
However, as I think about the weather-person’s predications of 7 inches of snow I find myself remembering the words of the Apostle Paul. Paul wrote to the people of Corinth, “God has the power to provide you with more than enough of every kind of grace. That way, you will have everything you need always and in everything to provide more than enough for every kind of good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8, CEB). Although we had predication of getting 7 inches of snow, which is more than we need to enjoy the snow, we still got enough snow to enjoy it to its fullest. God knew what we needed in order to still have fun, have a snow day, and create memories. God not only provides us with more than enough, but God provides us with what we need in order to live the life that He has given us.
Ironically, Jesus shared this same message with his disciples and the great multitude of five-thousand men plus women and children on the shore of Galilee. After a busy day of following Jesus, the disciples noticed that the people were hungry. The disciples wanted to send them home, but Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” The disciples were perplexed because they only had five loaves of bread and two fish: there was NO WAY their food was going to feed the great multitude! But Jesus knew that they had more than enough to feed the people. Jesus gave thanks for the bread and fish, broke them, gave them to the disciples, and the disciples fed the great multitude from five loaves of bread and two fish. “And all ate and were filled, and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children” (Matthew 14:20-21).
After being fed, the disciples gathered twelve baskets of broken pieces–leftovers. Jesus provided not only what the people needed, but he provided more than enough so that they would never go hungry. Jesus knows what we need in life, and he also knows that we are going to need more if we want to be like him. However, we must trust that what Jesus gives us is more than we need to do his work. Seven inches of snow is wonderful, but so are two inches of snow.
As you find yourself praying for another snow day, remember that God is going to give you more than you need to enjoy the snow that falls. Embrace what God has given you, and find ways to share what God has given you with others. You have been given more than enough for a reason! Have a great week!
Your Friend, Holy Spirit!
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