I read this article the other day, called The Happiest People Are Those Who Realized That God is enough.
The author makes observations about what she has seen, how she longs for that they have, and she began to sum up the article with this:
“I don’t know how they got there but I know that this is the ultimate truth, this is how you enjoy your life and this is how you stay calm, strong and patient in times of pain and distress. This is how you heal.
Because once you learn that God is enough, you’ll never have to question yourself, you’ll never have to doubt yourself or your decisions. You become whole again. You become complete.
Maybe we’re all confused, hurt and sad because we still don’t know how to talk to God. We still don’t get it. We still ask for things that are wrong for us. We still hope to change our destiny. We still think he’s being too hard on us. We still think he doesn’t know what makes us happy.”
I immediately felt compelled to write a response, so I saved the article until I could take time to sit and process my thoughts. I felt compelled to write, not because I disagree, but because I wholeheartedly agree. And I felt like the author left out the most important part… how someone gets to that point.
This is really one of those “be careful what you wish for” scenarios. No one comes to the place where they know that God is enough, until they have hit such a low that God was all they had.
I was recently asked about our adoption story, and I don’t sugar coat it. I immediately talk about how hard it was, and how God changed me. A lot of those thoughts I processed in this blog post. I have been told “I wish I had your faith.” Or “I wish I had your strength.”
Well. So here is my response to those questions, and to the author:
Until you realize that God is good, even when every circumstance feels bad, you won’t find real peace. Until you realize that you can’t always tell whether something is going to be good or bad in the long run, you won’t feel real trust. Until you know that in the darkest of days, God will not let you down, that what you may wish would happen may not best… and may never make sense to you this side of heaven, happiness will elude you.
To quote my previous post:
We do not really know what is a blessing and what is a “curse.” What if we were less focused on what these tangible things “mean?” What if we didn’t look to those things as proof that God is good? Because if that is proof… there are a lot of believers on this planet who don’t have any proof that God is good.
I have walked through things I would never have chosen for myself or anyone else…..
- miscarriage of my first pregnancy at 3 months
- having to disrupt an adoption
- an adoption that took 5 years
- chronic illness for me and my daughters
- medical debt I don’t know how we’ll ever get out of
- all things and more that can strain a marriage
- living with the affects of childhood trauma in people you love
And I have never believed in God’s goodness more than I do now. I have seen His fingerprints all over my life in so many ways… miraculous financial provision, (multiple times), a new friend come alongside in a difficult season, words from His scripture so perfectly timed, a “random” lead for a medical provider who finally finds the diagnoses, a deeper appreciation for the things that really matter, more healing… I have seen God meet my needs and those of people I love over and over again. Sometimes I’d think it’s not how I wish it happened. But in the end, He is always good.
His love does not fail. Psalm 136
He provides for me. Matthew 6:25-34
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Have you ever wished you could read these words, and know, deep in your very being, that it is all true. I could say “Be careful what you wish for.” Or I could say, “Ask Him, and then hang on for the ride.” To know He is good, and He is all you need, you will have to live through a time where you test it, and find out it’s true. He is all you need.
Are you willing to walk through a dark valley, to find He gets you through to the other side? Are you ready to eat a meal miraculously provided by Him, in the presence of difficult times, or difficult people? Are you ready to lie still when you want so desperately to try to change things on your own? Will you sit and rest and be restored in His timing?
It’s hard. But I know God is truly all I need. And I wouldn’t trade that knowledge for anything.