Yesterday I bought too many flowers. Two bunches when I needed only one. But standing in Trader Joe’s, I feared one bunch wouldn’t fill all three Mason jars. “Better to be safe than sorry,” I muttered to myself.
When I got home, I undid the cellophane and rubber bands that wrapped the cheerful white and yellow blooms. Free from their packaging, they seemed to multiply. Suddenly I had an abundance of cheery yellow and white flowers. More than I needed.
Now the extra bunch brings a note of summer into my office. My daughter, Erin, will be here for a couple of days this week. Since my office doubles as a guest room, she too can enjoy their sunny presence.
The flowers are a small thing, but they show a pattern in my life. A fear that maybe I won’t have enough. Grab some extra. Don’t take a chance.
Sometimes I find myself thinking that way when God asks me to do something. Procrastinating instead of obeying. Weighing what I think I need and what I know I have, whether it’s resources or time or talent. What if I need more than I have? Maybe I should wait. Or merely ignore what God is asking of me.
But I claim to be a woman who trusts God whatever comes my way. So why do I doubt His provision? When I choose fear instead of trust, I let Satan steal and kill and destroy my joy and contentment. I miss the abundant life Jesus promised.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
An Abundance of Promises
Over and over in my life, I’ve seen God provide an abundance of grace when I knew I didn’t have the strength or talent to do what He asked of me. I don’t need to have the ability. All God asks is for my obedience. My trust that He can and will provide.
And right there, in His Word, I find the reassurance that He is all I need in His promises.
An Abundance of Strength
When my daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at nine years old, I wondered how I would ever manage to give her shots several times a day. Even more challenging was setting aside the impatience of her whining and crying every time she needed a shot. How could I possibly do this?
But I was her mom. Running and hiding were not options. God promised an abundance of His strength.
Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward, you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:23-26)
An Abundance of Grace
Overcoming my fear not just of talking to people I don’t know but of talking to anyone on the phone when I needed to be available to people who found GriefShare and wanted more information. Compassion only God provided allows me to listen and pray with complete strangers, offering understanding and comfort.
He took that one step further when He asked me to walk into hospital rooms to pray with complete strangers. Going from room to room on the days I serve as a chaplain, remembering the names of the patient and making conversation is only possible because of His power. He replaces my fear with kindness and compassion.
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)
An Abundance of Whatever is Needed
No matter what God asks of me, He promises to supply an abundance of whatever I need. I don’t have to worry about anything as long as I stay close to Him. Tell Him my fears and ask for Him to help me. He asked me to do His work. And He promises He’ll meet my needs.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
What is God asking you to do today? Take a step of faith. Live abundantly.
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