As I venture out from this land to the Relevant conference, I struggle with the two worlds as I travel from world to world. The shock of wealth overwhelming me as I leave poverty.
I fly across worlds to be changed, encouraged, uplifted, and I am. I cry my way through the weekend, a good cry, and am touched by the love of Jesus, palpable, in so many beautiful women that I talk and share with.
And I come home. I come back to the sweat, and children who’ve been loved on by their daddy, and the house with the funny couches, and it feels good. It feels right. It feels like enough.
And I realize that I have been given a gift, though I have struggled with contentment in the not so distant past, I am the one who has been given the beautiful, wondrous gift of just enough.
He sang to us the last night of our togetherness at Relevant, and I cried. Cried as he showed pictures of the children that Compassion serves….and I cried for them, because they are my neighbors…they are my friends….they live among me here in Indonesia.
And I wept as he sang this….And please, don’t give to me Wealth or poverty But God, I ask only for Enough O Enough God, only Just enough Rain more than this day’s bread And I may say I’m God instead Take all my crumbs away And I may rob and wound your name
… I realize how blessed I really am. I have neither wealth nor poverty. Some would say we are the sacrificers, the ones who have given up all and left home comforts for a foreign life, but I say we are the blessed.
”That is the insidious danger of wealth — that it makes you blind. Blind to the hungry Christ and the thirsty Christ and the suffering Christ in humanity. Affluence can anesthetize you to God and belongings can blind you to Christ and isn’t this why it’s hard for the rich to enter heaven – blind and visionless to Christ?”
And I nod my head in agreement (through the tears), because I am the blessed one, the one who has neither wealth nor poverty….but enough. I am so thankful that I can see the hungry and the thirsty.
Thank you, Jesus, just for enough.
Photo Credit: the Amazing Dave Forney