Over the past month or so, I've been feeling "blah". Don't get me wrong. I'm pressing onwards, but I've been tired and in a state of uncertainty about where life is taking me.
Last week, I had a stint of time where I was home alone. I thought it was the perfect time to open up to God about how I was feeling. Not that I hadn't been praying before, but in this instance, I could really pour myself out to Him.
When I first opened my mouth, nothing came out. Only tears flowed. I didn't know what to pray for. So, instead, I just started thanking Him. And before I knew it, I was in a complete sob because I realized that despite my current "blah" feelings and uncertainty, I lacked nothing.
I looked around and noticed I was in a home that my husband and I really wanted when we first married. Although the house was a mess, a looked at my daughter's toys scattered across the room and was thankful that I had her in my life.
I thought about the great meal I had just consumed that was delivered to my front door. I just began to think about all the things I have now, and all the things I've had in the past. I cried because I realized not only do I currently lack nothing, but I realized I have never lacked anything.
I've never been without a roof over my head. I've never gone without food. I've never been without clothing. I've always had everything I needed and many of the things that I want.
A week or so before my breakdown praise, I came across a verse that made me pause. A verse that proves that even in tough times, usually, we lack nothing.
The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.
(Deuteronomy 2:7 NIV)
The wilderness was, of course, a trying time for the Israelites. But through their testing, they lacked nothing. This is something to remember if any of you are feeling "ugh" or just down right depleted. If you were to really examine your life, especially if you live in a first world country, I'm sure at the core of it all, you lack nothing.
But what I like about this account is that God didn't keep them in the wilderness. Yes, they lacked nothing in the wilderness, but God ordained them to lack nothing at a new level of elevation.
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing;
(Deuteronomy 8:7-9 NIV)
God can make us abound. We don't have to always lack for nothing in the wilderness. We can lack for nothing in a good land with abundance of joy, peace, and love. I can't help but to be optimistic as to what will be in that land (on this side of heaven and on the next side). Isn't that all we have? Our hope in God and how He will supply?
Sometimes that hope is all we have. But hope and trust in God is ultimately all we need. So, don't you lose hope. I'm hanging in there, and I'm expecting you to hang in there too. Realize that whether in the wilderness or in our overflow, we lack nothing. And for that, He is worthy of all the honor, all the glory, and all the praise.
That's all folks! Have a blessed week. 'Til next time, take care.
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