When is enough really and truly enough?  Have you ever thought to yourself, I wish I had enough money, or enough time, or enough friends?  Do you ever feel like there is never enough of you to go around?  There are times in life when we feel stretched too thin.  But even in those moments when there doesn’t seem to be enough, God is always enough.

Last fall, I had the opportunity to hear Karen Peck & New River in concert.  Toward the end of the concert, Karen sang a song titled, “My God Will Always Be Enough.”  Although I have known Karen for many years, and have heard this song many times before, something was different.  God knew I needed to hear this song at this exact moment.  My Dad, Grandma, and I were vacationing in North Carolina, the same place where my Mom passed away.  The night before, I had been having some flashbacks of that very night, to the point of crying myself to sleep.

As Karen began to sing this song, tears welled up in my eyes once again, only this time, they were tears of joy.  God used Karen to minister to my heart in a special way.  At this very moment, I needed to be reminded of the fact that God will always be enough.  Even in the times when we feel we are traveling through a dry, desert land, Jesus brings us Living Water.  He will always provide what we need, and He will always be enough.

In life, we have countless responsibilities.  There are deadlines to be met, decisions to be made, and obstacles to overcome.  At times, we wonder how we will ever get everything accomplished.  Sometimes, everything doesn’t get done.  We often feel like we may even let people down, due to our shortcomings.  We may think, “I don’t have enough time.  I don’t have enough money.  I don’t have enough of me.”

Of course, we are in good company.  Even Jesus’ disciples worried about having “enough.”  Mark 8:4 (NIV) says, “His disciples answered, 'But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?'"  With only seven loaves and a few fish, they served over 4,000 people a satisfying meal.  While the disciples were worried over whether or not they would have enough, the Bible says that the disciples gathered “seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over” (Mark 8:8 NIV).

On another occasion, one of Jesus’ disciples, Philip, was concerned over financial shortcomings.  Philip said, “‘It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!’” (John 6:8 NIV).  Andrew said, “‘Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?’” (John 6:9 NIV).  Although Philip and Andrew were concerned over whether or not there would be enough food to feed the five thousand men sitting on the grass, Jesus knew there would be enough.

God’s Word says, “Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.  He did the same with the fish.  When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over.  Let nothing be wasted.’  So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. (John 6:11-13 NIV).  Once more, Jesus showed His disciples that the amount that man saw as not “enough” was more than enough in God’s hands.

Even when we do not feel that we are enough, GOD is enough.  When we feel powerless, God is powerful.  2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) says, “‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’”  In other words, God’s grace will make up for our shortcomings.  God is the potter and we are the clay.  He can take the small piece of clay that our life represents and mold it into a beautiful work of art.  When we are not enough, God’s grace will work in our lives to help us be enough.

As Christians, we are like the loaves and the fish.  On our own, we are truly not enough.  Nevertheless, when we rely on God to bless our life, we can experience a life worth living.  We can meet the deadlines.  We can make time for family and friends.  We can be enough.  If we put our complete trust in Him, just as Jesus’ disciples trusted Him to feed the multitude, we can do more than we ever imagined.

In Christ's Love,