Today’s Holy Habits for Headspace post is written by my friend Shae Bloem. Wise beyond her years, beautiful inside and out. You can have more of her words here.
I have found myself increasingly overwhelmed this year. I have a tendency to over-commit, finding myself stretched so thin the tension would only do a tight-rope walker good. The tension is not in the stretching but in my feeling of inadequacy: “God, this is all I have – how is it ever going to be enough?”
The inadequacy tension stretches across work, friendships, everyday admin, leadership and a lot of the time even across things I’m supposed to do for fun.
Allow me to demonstrate a most profound, simple truth:
Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”
He replied, “You give them something to eat.”
They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” (About five thousand men were there.)
But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. (Luke 9:10-17)
Jesus took the bread and fish – all that he had, not logically enough to feed that many people, not even his own to start out with (for it was a little boy who brought the loaves and fish) – He gave thanks, broke it and gave it to all who were there to see Him. There was enough for everyone who ate. In fact, there was even some left over.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Cor 9:8)
I’m learning, albeit slowly and painfully at times, that when we bring what we have and give it to God, He is able to multiply it – so much so that it meets all the requirements; in fact, it far supersedes all the requirements.
In ourselves, we are never adequate – we will never be enough, never be able to do enough. When we trustingly give what we have to God – giving thanks for what He’s already given us – He is able to multiply, extend, increase what we have till it is more than enough for all.
For each day as it comes.
Photo credit: C. Osserman