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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Enough! (started out as a FMF, but went so long it didn’t get published until Saturday…)

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19(NIV)

It wasn’t intended as an exercise in discipline.  It wasn’t intended to be an act of sacrifice.  It wasn’t even intended a test. It kind of just was. I had to be in NYC yesterday, and determined to spend as little money in the 6 hours I had to be there as possible. I was reminded, in a tangible way, that all of my needs had been supplied. I was reminded in a tangible way, that His Provision was enough.


His Grace and Provision are sufficient;always were, even as I learn confession,
surrender, and stillness. I have enough.
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A really cool set of circumstances landed me in NYC waiting out the day while our youngest child played as a Good Housekeeping Toy Tester. Secreted away in the consumer product testing lab for 4 hours, all his needs were met. I was not invited to stay, I was not invited to play; I was politely advised that I could retrieve my child for lunch if I desired, but he could otherwise opt to dine with fellow testers and their hosts until I retrieved him around 2:15 pm. All his needs were well met. I needed breakfast, places to cool my heels, and things to do for about 4-5 hours. I could easily have spent thousands of dollars shopping at Columbus Circle, on Fifth Avenue, you name it. I did not.

I purchased a poppy seed bagel from a pushcart for breakfast.  I proudly carried my prize into the Time Warner building across from Central Park, to enjoy one of the greatest vistas from which to break a fast. I smiled, even photographing it for my husband, who didn’t think a frugal bite could be found in that part of town. Needless, I had enough.  I finished the entire bagel only because I didn’t want to waste it, grateful for the bountiful provision of a single dollar bill. I was grateful to find a fresh tasty bagel with butter in NYC for a $1, and thanked God for the blessing.

After wandering a few blocks, I scored iced coffee at Starbucks. I am delivered (smile) from my Starbucks addition (a logical extension of working in Gotham City), so now I occasionally stroll into a location to buy a coffee beverage because I want to, not because I need to… Seems like there’s a Starbucks around every corner in Manhattan (according to one writer, at one time there were actually two locations within a single Macy’s store). They are great places to people watch and safely spend time in NYC due in part to clean and accessible bathrooms, free plug-ins for electronics and comfy places to sit.  I carried my café con leche West side to East side, Times Square to Bryant Park covering nearly 8 miles as the day ticked away. I meditated. I smiled at strangers. I walked and star-gazed (Mickey Rourke AND Steven Van Zandt…the guy from Springsteen’s band who played in The Sopranos), and realized I needed to stop having fun in order to get back to my child on time. I even chilled with Patience and Fortitude  at the New York Public Library…meeting my beloved husband who treated me to lunch.

When my son, jazzed, excited, and exhilarated from his experience, and I walked back to Port Authority for the trip home, I realized I’d only spent $3.78. 

My day was not intended as an exercise in discipline. Neither was it planned as an act of sacrifice, an act of surrender, not a test. It was a message from the Universe that when you make an earnest pledge you will be blessed, not only at the end of the journey, but also along the way. My day was a mostly unintended walk of faith. Faith, defined by Patrick Overton…

When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly.

Faith. I had enough. I have enough. In fact, I have plenty. His Grace and Provision are sufficient, and always were, even as I was learning confession, surrender, stillness and Grace. He supplies my needs and my cup overflows. A simple act of surrender provides a potent and lasting reminder that God is good. 

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