Well, lately I've been watching the days go by slowly........just waiting for answers from God......waiting to see where my life will go. Wondering if my hopes have no foundation.......
I keep telling myself: Godliness with contentment is great gain.(1 Timothy 6:6)
but contentment is hard when the old life feels claustrophobic...
Another person can relate to me. Albeit she's fictional but she understands my situation well. Her name is "Belle" or "Beauty" from Beauty and the Beast. I had the great thrill of watching the musical last night. The cartoon is amazing but the musical really pointed out some lessons I never noticed before.
You see, Belle feels out of place in her little town. She wants more "than this provincial life". Everyone in the town thinks she's weird for reading books all the time. And they think her father is a nut. Then she has Gaston, the town big head, trying to get Belle to marry him.
Well, Belle gets her wish. She leaves the town to find her father in the woods. You know the story....Belle finds her dad at the Beast's castle in the dungeon. She bravely chooses to take her father's place as the Beast's prisoner. Now she faces a life in a dark depressing castle with a prideful Beast who desperately needs anger management classes. Suddenly her provincial life seems appealing.
Why did she ever complain? But as time goes on we see a change in Belle. Belle decides to make the best of her prison. Soon she learns that things aren't as they seem. The Beast is really a Prince who had a spell cast on him. Belle learns to love the man inside of him and in the end the spell is broken. The Beast magically becomes a Prince again. Beauty and the Beast live happily ever after. Belle has learned that good can come out of the bad. Wow, what a message from a kid's show!
Looking at the word "contentment" in the original Greek we get the idea of "sufficiency". Hmmmm what does that mean. Let's look at the definition of "sufficient".
Sufficient- enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end. Adequate for the purpose; enough
This makes me think of the song "Enough". It states that God is more than enough.
Also, I think of what Jesus told Paul when he had the thorn in his flesh "My grace is sufficient". Enough for what? It says enough to meet the needs of a situation. Well, what are our needs? I'm not talking about wants. Seriously do we "need" a candy bar or to see a movie? Do we need the internet or cable?
When we get down to it, our basic physical needs are food, clothes, and shelter. God makes it clear in Matthew 6:25-34 that he takes care of those things:
25Therefore I tell you, stop being [v]perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
26Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?
27And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the [w]span of his life?(B)
28And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and [x]learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.
29Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his [y]magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. [I Kings 10:4-7.]
30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
31Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
32For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
33But seek ([z]aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ([aa]His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [ab]taken together will be given you besides.
34So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
Oh and there's that word again "Sufficient". We have enough trouble for one day. Why borrow trouble by worrying about things that may not happen.
Moving On: okay what do we need emotionally? We need love. Sometimes people literally die of heart ache. It happens. Well, we are not promised to always have our family. Loved ones die all the time. But God is love (true love). God is sufficient for us. Even if our family abandons us we will still have Jesus. He says he will never leave or forsake us. Nothing can separate us from his love. Ok so our emotional needs are also met by God.
Spiritual needs: Obviously, Christ fulfills those needs too. We are spiritually dead until we are born again by Christ's redemption. His grace is all we need for eternal life. Jesus did it all on the cross. And God's grace is our purpose. We are to share this grace with the world.
So those are our needs and every one of them is met by God. So I am definitely preaching to the choir. These are things I remind myself of while I'm in this waiting period. I must focus on Christ and live one day....actually one moment at a time. And most importantly I must ask myself are my moments glorifying God. Am I focused on God's kingdom?
SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM........Lord, please help me to do this