You Always Get What You Need

Have you noticed that what we want is often not what we need?

When Hannah was little she didn’t like the feel of her bare feet in the grass.   We dropped her in the yard one day shortly after she came home and she froze.  She would not move.  We coaxed, cajoled and came just short of threatening a spanking if she didn’t take a step.  We knew she’d learn to like walking barefoot if only she tried.

Finally I lifted my foot and gave her diaper a little help.  She stumbled and took off confirming that what we knew was true.

Life is often the same.

Sometimes we need inspiration.  Sometimes we struggle.  We hurt.  Some of us are dying sooner rather than later.   (I just found out a friend from my college days stopped chemo earlier this week).   Others are paralyzed from the pain and in need of some inspiration to take the next step.  And even more wait in limbo, having no idea which way to turn for the next step.  And what we need is often different than what we want.

Years ago Hannah needed to take that step, but she didn’t want to do it.  Sometimes we need a little push to get us out of our self pity and pain and on to what we need.   Other times we may be so stubborn that takes more than a little push to get our attention.  This is life.  Learning, growing closer to the Creator and trusting that his way is better even when we don’t understand.

Sometimes that inspiration comes in a song lyric written by Mick Jagger almost 50 years prior to the dawning of that revelation.  Other times it comes from Scripture:

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4:19

Paul doesn’t say that God will supply all of our wants.  Frankly my wants have been wounded lately.  I’m a slow learner but the fog is lifting and I’m realizing that maybe I don’t need those wants.  As much as I desire those wants, God says I don’t need them.  But I do want what I need, even when it’s hard. Sometimes our inspiration may come in ways that seem backwards.  Rejection.  Ugly words.  Feeling alone in a crowded room.  Yes, even these things can be inspirations for fully seeking you.  For fully sacrificing our own wants so God can align them with his will.

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Dear Lord, help me today to trust that your understanding is much clearer than my limited sight.  When things often don’t go the way I expected, or planned, I pray that your Holy Spirit will nudge me to remember that YOU will supply ALL my needs, and that maybe my wants aren’t always or even ever what I need. I pray that you lead me to contentment in this.   I long to praise you for ALL these things and more, even in the midst of the struggle.  Amen!

His Grace is sufficient!

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The word this week:  Inspire.

10 Comments

  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    07/30/2017 at 12:04 am Reply

    Christy, this is so true (and now I have that song, playing happily in my head!).

    When I stepped back from fighting, I tried to fit in as a card-carrying middle-class American, and it was a dismal, hysterically funny failure. I fit in alike a goat at the Waldorf.

    Illness saved me, and burned away the (admittedly thin) veneer of civilization, laying bare and useful the innate ferocious fatalism that let me walk out of several weird countries mostly undamaged (except when I came out on strings, under a helicopter, and got dragged through the top of a palm tree…I’m still picking out palm-frond splinters, decades later).

    I’ve got something in front of me that I can fight, and in a weird way I’ve never been happier…and I am the best I can be for my wife. As a person of social substance I was a joke; now I am in my world again.

  • “This is life. Learning, growing closer to the Creator and trusting that his way is better even when we don’t understand.” What an appropriate depiction of the Christian walk.

  • Christina Hubbard

    07/28/2017 at 7:14 pm Reply

    Hi, Christy! I’m so glad I got to know your heart at the retreat. You have been through much and still smile and praise and are open to new friendships and beginnings. Speaks straight to my soul. Thank you.

  • Marie

    07/28/2017 at 6:45 pm Reply

    The image of God pushing me to move makes me both smile and cringe. The smile, because He’s such a Good Father. The cringe, because so often I throw a fit. How thankful I am for His patience and love!

    • Christy

      07/29/2017 at 8:48 am Reply

      Me too Marie! Sad really because I never allowed my kids to throw fits, but I’m really good at it. Mine are more acceptable I guess.

  • Tara

    07/28/2017 at 10:54 am Reply

    Sometimes we need God to lift the fog! Don’t we?!?! I’m in the 7 spot this week.

    • Christy

      07/28/2017 at 12:38 pm Reply

      Definitely Tara! God lifts the fog, but I think sometimes our humanity helps it linger longer than it should.

  • hopeful50

    07/28/2017 at 10:39 am Reply

    Oh Christy – we must encourage one another, inspire one another on this hard journey as we go further up and further in!!!

  • Anita Ojeda

    07/28/2017 at 9:20 am Reply

    Truth, Sister! I need someone to push my diapered behind every once in awhile! This reminds me of the verse about iron sharpening iron.

    • Christy

      07/28/2017 at 12:41 pm Reply

      Sometimes, my diapered rear pushed way more often than I’d like friend!

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