The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “enough.” (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:
This word brings a lot of things to mind today. You see, yesterday I was blown away by a blog post from Ann Voskamp. It was a lengthy post with a lengthy title, “You’ll Need This When Your Life is On Fire: When Your Hopes & Dreams Burn Down (The Theology of Abundance & The Myth of Scarcity).”
What got me wasn’t necessarily her main point about fire and ashes and God providing in the midst of these but was something tucked away right in the middle of the post:
“What ashes from your hope and dreams that you still have in your hand, God will make into abundance that will be too much to hold in your hands.
This is the theology of enough — the theology of abundance.
He will leave none of your ashes alone until He alone makes abundance out of them.
And only those who believe in and live out the theology of enough can live out Sabbath rest.
The rest who don’t believe God will give enough bread, they have to hustle every day of their lives.
Those who can’t rest in the rest of God, who can’t rest in the mystery of abundance, live Pharaoh-like lives, Pharaoh who never took a day off, who kept striving to get more and more and they never slow down because they are duped by the lie of scarcity that they won’t ever have enough and God alone is never enough.
There is none like God — and He needs none of our relentless hustle.”
I especially loved the lines, “And only those who believe in the theology of enough can live out Sabbath Rest … There is none like God — and He needs none of our relentless hustle.” Oh, how they spoke to my life and some of the issues I’ve been struggling with over these past few months.
I loved how Ann Voskamp incorporated in one place some of what’s been swirling around my mind lately from various different sources. About truly believing God is a good God who is enough for us, that He provides for us abundantly and that if we not only say we believe this ‘theology of enough” but truly live it out can it bring us the Sabbath rest we so need!