Keep me from lying and being dishonest.
And don’t make me either rich or poor;
just give me enough…
Proverbs 30:8 (NCV)
We visited my sister‘s family over Christmas and she had this verse written on her beautiful blackboard. I saw it several times and each time, it spoke volumes to me. I want this… for me, for my kids, for my home.
Then… I came home, lived through Christmas and New Year’s day, and then found this on facebook…
Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter’s departure had been announced. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said:
“I love you and I wish you enough.”
The daughter replied, “Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom.” They kissed and the daughter left.
The mother walked over to the window where I sat. Standing there, I could see she wanted and needed to cry.
I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?” “Yes, I have,” I replied. “Forgive me for asking but why is this a forever good-bye?”
“I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is the next trip back will be for my funeral,” she said.
When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, “I wish you enough.” May I ask what that means?”
She began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more.
“When we said ‘I wish you enough’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them”. Then turning toward me, she shared the following, reciting it from memory,
“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.”
She then began to cry and walked away.
A big part of this soul journey I trek is learning ENOUGH.
ENOUGH is less than I thought
and more than I could have ever imagined.
ENOUGH is letting go of false promises
and clinging to Truth.
ENOUGH is living this moment
and experiencing everything it offers.
ENOUGH doesn’t look forward or back
it simply says…
“thank You, God,
for meeting this need
in this moment
in the manner
that most glorifies you!”
Thank You, LORD, for enough!