What Do I Lack?

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “lack.”

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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)

 

22 thoughts on “What Do I Lack?

  1. I love that psalm. In one translation it says I shall not want. But I lack nothing is more clear. And true. Thank you so much for leaving that encouraging reply on my post this morning. It feels good to be back. I was feeling uninspired for a long time.

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  2. I know that you face the wall
    and your weary heart…it aches.
    But, my friend, please stand tall;
    you’ve got what it takes.
    It’s not that we are never given
    more than we can face,
    but we needn’t see our souls riven;
    we can accept God’s grace.
    He may not hold back the flood,
    but He can soothe your fears,
    and wash you in the Holy Blood;
    the Lamb’s fleece will dry your tears.
    In no way are you deficient;
    for all things is His Love sufficient.

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  3. Certainly God has given us exactly what we need for this time and this task. There is much wisdom in discerning why we think we are lacking time/talent/wisdom/etc….and recognizing how God has already provided and enabled us.

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  4. What a beautiful song. I love what you have to say here. Perhaps we do have what we need, we just need to take a step back and see it from a new perspective. God’s perspective. He gives us everything, and need to see where we can make room for all he gives to us.

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    1. Thanks, Calvonia! Psalm 23 was in my mind but I actually didn’t realise how well it tied in with everything I’d written until afterwards! Blessings to you too!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! Yes, there is so much goodness in that Psalm. I think because the words are so familiar sometimes I overlook how amazing the truths in it are!

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  5. Memorizing Psalm 23 has been life-changing for me. I lack nothing!

    And girl, if you figure out how to do this, “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,” please let me know! I know what I need to do, just don’t know how sometimes. But I guess it all points back to following Him.

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    1. Thanks, Betsy! Yes, it is a great Psalm to know! And I agree, it is really hard to cut back on things, even to make room for seeking what God is calling us to. I definitely haven’t got this figured out!

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