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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sufficient (enough to meet the needs)

Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christs power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:7-9 (NIV)

So many of us are feeling defeated, overwhelmed, underprepared for Christmas. Until this morning, I wasn’t certain whether I’d be hosting Christmas dinner or merely carrying some dishes out to eat with family. (I AM ENTERTAINING. I AM HOSTING. I JUST RETURNED FROM THE MARKET.) There are many things that will need to be done to ensure that our home is ready; that we are ready. It will not be a Martha Stewart, Williams-Sonoma, Better Homes and Garden set-up and I couldn’t care less. I am neither defeated, nor overwhelmed, nor will I declare myself underprepared. I am brimming with joy at tomorrow’s celebration of the Savior’s birth. Tonight we open our home to my bestie and enjoy Christmas Eve as we have since I could remember…the same menu, the same beverages, music, trimming the tree and preparing to end the year. All we have, all we’ve done is sufficient, like His Grace. 

So many of my writer friend and people I read are busy telling each other that it’s okay for Christmas to be ugly, unfinished, broken. I pray for more. I want ugly, unfinished and broken to be sufficient, if my ugly, unfinished, and broken can be offered up with a sincere heart. I want to offer ugly, unfinished, and broken as a prayer.

Let’s find our Grace, and
embrace that we have been given rest.
I want to offer that which I have, that which is sufficient, like that manger that that baby. The barn in which He was born, the manger in which He Lay were ugly, unfinished, broken, yet perfect…made so by Grace. The Grace that rains down over us, seemingly unlimited, particularly in places and under circumstances we could not imagine. Abundantly. Sufficient to meet our needs.

This is a lesson I refresh for myself often. 18 months ago (nowhere NEAR Christmas), I wrote this….
now that we've survived the wilderness, let’s start relying upon Grace. Let’s stop setting expectations which, more often than not, go unmet. Let’s just stop.  With age and hopefully the acquisition of some Godly wisdom, let us happily let it all go.  Let’s find our Grace, and embrace that we have been given rest.

So, I’m off to the kitchen to make some magic happen. Then I’ll buzz around the house and do what can be done. I will rest, languishing in the Love of God, because His Grace is sufficient, and so, by God, relying upon Grace, is everything I earnestly do.

Merry Christmas, and let the Love of Christ be enough.

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