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Big Enough

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

I would like to think that my ultimate measure will be how I reacted in times of struggle, challenge and controversy.  I know I often fail that test and do not react the way I should – but I would like to think that I have the integrity and strength to handle whatever comes my way.  I fail.  I have failed.  No one ever said that life was easy and smooth all the time.  It is hard at times – beyond incredibly difficult to understand why things happen as they do – but I want to be able to stand – learn something from each test and live as an example to others.

The older I get – the more questions I have.  And oddly, I’m not as concerned about the answers as I once was.  Oh I still wish I knew – but it seems that part of the mystery is also part of the journey.

Finding the secret of being content – even amidst strife, difficult things and unanswered questions – seems to be the key.  Knowing I don’t have the power or wisdom to change things.  I don’t know how many times I have reminded people who have strong regret about decisions or circumstances of their past – feeling like they would go back in time and “fix” things if they could – that it is those very things that make them who they are today – yes – even the really bad things.  And God places the right people in our lives as we journey down that road of regret and pain – to identify with us and give us just the right encouragement for that moment in time – to carry on.  I firmly believe this.  This has been my experience – to look back and see the people put in my path to watch over me and will me to continue on.  It is a daily choice to be content – not to fret – and reach past – but to just be content.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Philippians 4:11-13

Below are the lyric to a song by Chris Rice entitled “Big Enough”.  I was listening to it on my pandora radio this morning and thought, “how appropriate!”  These words are what many of us can relate to.

None of us knows and that makes it a mystery
If life is a comedy, then why all the tragedy
Three-and-a-half pounds of brain try to figure out
What this world is all about
And is there an eternity, is there an eternity?
God if You’re there I wish You’d show me
And God if You care then I need You to know me
I hope You don’t mind me askin’ the questions
But I figure You’re big enough
I figure You’re big enough
Lying on pillows we’re haunted and half-awake
Does anyone hear us pray
“If I die before I wake”
Then the morning comes and the mirror’s the other place
Where we wrestle face to face with the image of Deity
The image of Deity
God if You’re there I wish You’d show me
And God if You care then I need You to know me
I hope You don’t mind me askin’ the questions
But I figure You’re big enough
I figure You’re big enough
When I imagine the size of the universe
And I wonder what’s out past the edges
Then I discover inside me a space as big
And believe that I’m meant to be
Filled up with more than just questions
So, God if You’re there I wish You’d show me
And God if You care then I need You to know me
I hope You don’t mind me askin’ the questions
But I figure You’re big enough
I figure You’re big enough
‘Cause I am not big enough

I pray you have a day ‘peppered’ with many questions – and that you will be content in any and every situation you find yourself in today.

God Bless

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Comments on: "Big Enough" (2)

  1. Great song! And great words in it to remind us that God is big enough to handle our questions, doubts, anxieties, fears, and insecurities. I’m like you. I certainly have less answers than when I was younger. I have a lot more questions. I am more comfortable with saying, “I don’t know.” I have grown comfortable with paradox between my life experiences and and my understanding of God and his Word. I’m at ease with mystery. I don’t need to know all the answers anymore.

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