Enough is Enough, Already

9:04 PMHeather

I can hear the rain drops hitting the window above my bed. While it's a soothing sound as I drift to sleep, safely tucked into my warm bed, it's quite another story when the alarm goes off.

Another day. Gray overcast skies. Rainy. Cold. Dreary.

And it feels like ages since I've seen the sun.

Day after day, its the same dismal forecast. Thick dark clouds blocking out all hopes of sunshine. Wet, blustery winds make venturing outside of the house a chore, at best.  Nothing changes. And a sense of joy begins to fade. Any sense of motivation freezes with the change of rain to sleet.

For so many of us, the long dread of winter begins to reflect the season of our souls.

A sense of sadness and depression comes with these days of cold and barreness. And so many are fighting the fight to tackle another day. Of the same bleak circumstances.

I must admit. I've felt the funk myself. For no good reason really. But I haven't even blogged these last few days because I had no words. I just had nothing to offer. A severe case of the blahs have begun to dig in and take root.

Again this morning, I was praying for words. Something. Anything to say. I had lost my words. 

There it was.

Slowly forming in my mind, one word. Rising forth, breaking through the clouds.

Enough.

Just enough. 


Enough-- (adjective) adequate for the want or need, sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire

                 (pronoun) an adequate quantity or number, sufficiency

(adverb) in a quantity or degree that answers a purpose
or satisfies a need or desire; fully or quite

Wherever you are, whatever your circumstance, however long your winter of the soul, I want you to know.

God is enough. 

He is. Enough. 

He is enough for the long, hard days where you can barely get out of your pajamas.

He is enough for the waiting that is never ending. 

He is enough for the deferred hopes that seem to stretch endlessly before you.

He is enough for the pain that is tearing your heart into pieces.

He is enough for the anger that seems to drive you--that sense of rage for what has been done to you. Or someone you love.

He is enough for the questions, wondering if there is a God? And if there is, how can he possibly be good, considering what you have endured?

He is enough for the loneliness that leaves you crying yourself to sleep. Again.

He is enough for the aimlessness and restlessness in your life because things have turned out much different than what you had dreamed.

He is enough for the mundane and so-very-long days of mothering little ones with endless demands and needs.

He is enough for the long road of parenting children whose futures scare you with the potential pitfalls. 

He is enough for the days of watching your teenagers make poor choices.

He is enough for that fear of the worst thing that seems to be coming true.

He is enough for the discouragement that is holding you firmly in its grasp.

He is enough for the exhaustion of your battles you face, day after day after day.

Enough.

He is enough.

He is the God who offered Abraham a sacrifice good enough, with the ram in the thicket. Just in the nick of time.

He is the God who was enough for Joseph, sustaining him in the long journey from favored son to prisoner to government leader to the one who saved his family and his people.

He is the God who provided enough for his fearful and faithless people in the desert, for forty long years. Manna. Quail. And clothes and shoes that did not wear out.

He is the God who made five small stones enough in the hands of a young shepherd boy facing a great giant.

He is the God who gave courage enough to four young teenagers in a foreign land, who refused to deny their One True God. 

Then, he offered them safety enough and salvation.

He is the God who gave second chances enough to the evil Ninevites. Through a messenger that he gave grace enough.

He is the God who said enough is enough.

Your laws cannot save you. Your sacrifices cannot cover you. Your best efforts cannot change you. Your good intentions cannot sustain you. 

Enough is enough.

Because his love is enough. His grace is enough. His ultimate sacrifice is enough. His lovingkindness is enough.

So because we aren't good enough, he became our enough.

And its enough for every long day, for every hard season, for every endless winter, for every overwhelming emotion.

He. Is. Enough.

So no matter what heavy burden weighs you down, know this.

My grace is enough; it's all you need,
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 MSG

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV

If you've had enough, then please hang every last hope on this truth.

He is enough. 

So cry out to him. From the depths of your soul, tell him--I've had enough. So please, in this lack...in this worn and unraveled place where I am ragged around the edges...show up. May this be an opportunity for to show up, Lord. And be enough. 

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