This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “lack.”
What do I lack?
It’s not difficult to come up with a list:
Time, energy, sleep, wisdom, peace, courage…
I could go on. Maybe you have a list too.
But when I stop to think about it, I wonder:
Maybe I do have enough time and energy for all that God is calling me to do. Maybe I just need to seek what those things are and cut back on the rest.
Maybe I just need to trust that God will give me the wisdom I need for each situation that arises. I definitely lack it on my own, but I don’t have to do this on my own.
Maybe the reason I lack peace is because I focus on circumstances and allow myself to be drawn into fear, because I wrestle to be in control, instead of resting in the fact that God is in control.
Maybe I do have the courage I need. Maybe I just need to step out and use it…
Maybe, when it comes to the things that really matter, I do have everything I need.
Maybe I just need to learn to use it well, and to trust.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
All the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23 NIV)