I’ll admit that I might have let a tear or two roll when I read this post the other day, When Everyone Else is Getting Their Miracle: How to Deal with Feeling Overlooked, which probably doesn’t require any elaboration actually.
Then yesterday morning I read this, from the Instagram of Ann Voskamp. It’s a long caption, but it was worth reading to the end (it hasn’t formatted the same below, so you might like to click through to the original).
So there was this kid? She’s apparently got a problem when it’s her kid sister’s birthday. I mean — who really finds it easy when the other kid gets the big gifts? . I went & listened to the kid who had this sister’s birthday coming up. She knew her tummy would tighten when everyone handed her sister the presents, when her sister got the stage. . So she showed me what her & her mom had written on a piece of paper. Just three words on a scrap of paper: I get enough. . A woman can forget that her life is enough. That her road, her calling, her story, her singleness, her chastity, her marriage, her husband, her vocation, her apartment, her house, her childlessness, her kids, her body, her health, her work is enough. . There’s enough scraps of paper in the world, that we could all tear up that myth & write it down for ourselves: I get enough. . I get enough…because I get enough Jesus — & Jesus for me is enough. . I get enough…because I get enough God — & God in me is enough. . I get enough…because I get enough grace — & His grace to me is enough. . I get enough…because I get enough Love — & His Love is enough. . When I can’t remember that I get enough — I just have to remember to give thanks. . Give thanks — & you get the miracle of knowing that you do get enough. You get enough God. . The disease of not-enough…is cured when you give thanks for more than enough grace. . Shorthand for ‘I get enough’ is: 1000 gifts. . It’s been given, 1000 gifts, endless & more than enough gifts: . “If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing Himself to the worst by sending His own Son — is there anything else He wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?” (Romans 8:32) . If God already gave us the extraordinary extravagance of Jesus — He will give the ordinary enough of right now. . It’s always our relentless desire for more — that destroys more & more of us. . But when we know we get enough — we get happy for what others get. . That, always that in the pocket: I get enough… because I get enough Jesus — and for me, Jesus is enough. . #TheBrokenWay #newblogpost #linkinprofile http://bit.ly/HowToStopWhatsStealingYourJoy
After that I read Ephesians 1. I am reading through all the New Testament Epistles at the moment, not in any very particular order and I started more towards the end, but having just finished Galatians I pressed on into Ephesians.
Sometimes I think God is trying to tell me, or remind me of, something.
(I don’t honestly feel that I begrudge other people their good things, it’s more that I wonder at times why I mustn’t have them also …)
So maybe I will pray this for myself, as well as others, from that magnificent first chapter:
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe …