By Rob Furlong
For a few years now my wife Karen has selected a word to meditate upon and use as a theme for her life throughout the year to come. It is an enriching experience because it serves to focus her thoughts, prayers and actions at a personal level and in her relationships with others, including me!
As I reflect on my own life over the past twelve months, the word "enough" is a great description of how my life has been.
During this past year, God led me into the wilderness again, and along the way, He turned my thoughts to Psalm 63, written by David when he too, found himself in the wilderness.
David recalls moments when he has seen God's power and glory – God Himself – in the house of worship (verses 2-5). He writes,
"I have beheld...your power and your glory..."
"What was it he saw?" I wonder. "And when have I seen evidence of God's power and glory in my life?"
More importantly, David saw God in the sanctuary. I take this to mean that God Himself is the One we seek, a greater blessing by far than His acts of power and glory.
So right there in the wilderness, David chooses to praise and rejoice in God. His will be a life of constant praise and of giving glory to God with his words and songs. And the reason for all of this is a quite remarkable statement in verse 3-
"Because your love is better than life..."
To know the love of God in your life, and the peace, comfort and security this brings, is a greater gift than life itself, even in the wilderness. For David, this is enough – "God Himself is enough for me and my soul is satisfied." (v5)
The message for me was straightforward enough: "No matter what I might be facing right now, God is all I need!"
The Christmas/New Year period can be a very lonely one fore many people. They suffer through the break up of a marriage, family or friendship that "came out of left field!"
"I didn't see it coming..." is a sad, but often heard refrain from many broken-hearted souls.
The devastation of losing someone that you had invested yourself in so completely can leave you feeling as if you will never recover or be a whole person again.
If that is you right now, I want you to know that there is real hope. Your circumstances may not change, but I can assure you that God has not forgotten you, He loves you deeply and He can be enough for you.
I am learning, in my times of being in the wilderness, to choose
In the wilderness, I find I am able to tell God how much I love Him; I can thank Him for every good gift in my life – His love, family, friends, life itself - and for teaching me again about humility and my need to depend utterly on Him.
In this my soul is satisfied – in and with God Himself.
He is enough ... and He can be enough for you!•