How much is enough?
That is one of my recurring questions living the life of living. How much is enough … ?
To live life, to pay the bills, to give to others, to receive from others, to not cause offence (either by expecting too little or too much) … just how much is enough?
In the past few days I was asked to join a healing canopy of prayer. To lift up another and seek their healing. I have some “issues” with such requests. What is healing? His healing, their healing, our healing, healing of the soul, healing of the body – healing for whose benefit.
If that sounds arrogant – no arrogance is intended. Simply a concern that we ask for “too much” in these situations: “Dear God – gimme gimme gimme. In Jesus’ name, amen.” We see only our pain, wish only to heal our pain in that moment, and forget the breadth and depth and eternity that we inhabit in Him. And I find myself asking – how much is enough?
And then He gave me this:
”Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.” Matthew 15:21-28
When it comes to our Lord and Father – how much is enough?
Whatever you think is enough – or even too much – or not enough. That is the right “enough”. He knows our why. He understands our why. And He never turns away. And when we think we have bothered Him too much, been too selfish, been too “human” … or even not bothered Him enough, not asked enough, not been passionate enough, should be catching His attention more …
Even then He doesn’t turn away. It is we who turn from Him.
So just how much is enough?
For me it is simple: if I trust Him so so tight that you can’t slip a cigarette paper between us (and those skinny suckers are “thin” – I know – believe me) …
That IS enough.