"If I find in myself desires nothing in this world can satisfy,
I can only conclude that I was not made for here..."
~Brooke Fraser "C.S. Lewis Song"
One of the recurring "themes" in my life this past year is realizing that "God is enough.". When I think of those three simple words, it is easy to say--"yes, I believe that." But when I dig deeper, it is so evident that these words hold more than I think.
I've had to accept that in many things in my life, the Lord gives me the cake--Him--and that the icing is "extra". When I start to question Him or feel discontentment, then I say to myself --"God is enough".
I find that those three words are the perfect answer to many of life's questions.
Going deeper, I find myself replacing the Lord with earthly desires that never last.
Feeling lonely? I call or get together with a friend.
Empty? Fill it up with a special trip somewhere, food, or a similar diversion.
When I started to recognize this in myself, it was shocking to see how much I replace or stuff my feelings with food, stuff, outings--basically diversions.
It has made me aware that when I have feelings of loneliness, emptiness, sadness, questioning, that instead of trying to cover those feelings up with any number of things, that immediately I need to go to my Creator who made me and can give me comfort in ways that are lasting and that are enough. I have realized in my own personal situation that it is a sin to not go to Him. He promises to fulfill every need, and when I ignore Him, I am sinning. So I ask for forgiveness, repent, and then go to Him.
I loved Aimee's post: Hiding behind stuff . It really uncovered in me many emotional aspects of filling up negative emotions with things and reconfirming that God is enough.
I do feel that emotions are not to be stuffed down, they are to be examined and questioned and brought to the surface. Feelings and emotions are God-given, and though we shouldn't act on emotions, we should explore them, but in the end trust that the Lord is in control and can heal emotions.
Is God enough in your life?