Enough is Enough

975466_10152309033791494_1485676213_nBad things come in threes.

At least, that’s what I’ve been told.

Many believe that this idea originates from a psychological need to believe that a cycle of misfortunes will end. Now, I’m not a superstitious person, and I don’t believe that “The Three Rule” has any validity to it whatsoever, but I’ve felt that desperate need to believe that a cycle of such unfortunate circumstances will come to an end.

In a matter of 6 weeks, we were involved in a car accident, we lost our son in my fifth month of pregnancy, and my husband experienced a swimming accident that ruptured his ear drum. The last is a minor incident, I know, but it was just the “straw that broke the camel’s back” for me. I spent another night in a hospital, dreading the doctor’s visits and the bills to come.

Even more so, I dreaded what bad thing was to come next. I joked around saying things like, “I better go check on my daughter. She probably got hit by a car!” I masked my dread with humor, but the fear and frustration within me, I’m afraid, was apparent to all.

Through the first two circumstances, I praised the Lord, did my best to trust His plan, and retained what I believed to be a fairly good attitude considering the circumstances. But when that last little thing occurred, I threw up my hands, thinking, “Enough is Enough, Lord!” Hadn’t we been through enough? Hadn’t we learned enough? I thought, “What are you doing, Lord?” My questions were endless. I just didn’t understand.

Things have since settled down, and we took a safe, blissfully uneventful survey trip to India! Our bad cycle has seemed to end, but if it hasn’t, and the trials begin to come quickly and close, will I still serve Him? Will I still love and trust the Creator of the universe and the Author of life?

I have asked myself, “If the only ‘good thing’ He ever did for me was save my soul, would that be enough?”  The only things I rightfully deserve are death and an eternity spent in hell, but, oh, He has given me so much more! Each and every blessing is a gift of grace from His hand, and each trial is an opportunity to fall more in love with my Savior as He comforts and blesses in the midst of  these cycles of burdens.

If for reasons I don’t understand He doesn’t give me another child, doesn’t bless our family with health, or doesn’t fulfill our dream to serve Him in India, I have to remember that He is God, and He is still good. I have to continually count my blessings and bask daily in His goodness. When it feels like “Enough is Enough,”  I have to remember that He is enough!

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9).

The hope that the trials I have experienced will be a tool used to be a blessing to other hurting people is sometimes the only thing that keeps me going. I pray that this simple reminder that He is enough will be a help to some struggling soul today.

For Him,

Amber

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  • 11 thoughts on “Enough is Enough

    1. Thank you for sharing and reminding us that Enough is Enough when it is supplied by our Heavenly Father. A politican once stated that the government should and would take care of us from “cradle to grave” – sad that they haven’t learned yet that only God is the One capable of doing that! May God continue to bless and use you and your family and give you many souls for your hire! Will gladly share with ladies on my devotion on FB.

    2. Totally understanding what you are saying Amber. As you know Our family too has had some huge “bumps in our road of life” so to speak, over the last few years. When I look back I see God’s hand in each and every circumstance and some of the purposes for them. I will admit some of them, I still don’t understand but I have come to realize that “He is enough and He is in control” NOT ME..Praying for you family daily. God Bless

    3. Thanks for sharing your heart! I needed this today. I am so proud of you and so thankful that I can call you friend! Love ya!

    4. I am so thankful The Lord has had our paths cross. You have been heavy on my heart. Your writings have been so encouraging to me and a tremendous blessing. I am constantly reminded of Pastor Gardner’s sermons on Joseph. God is building us and preparing us for the dreams He has given us. Praying for you.

    5. Great post! In this first three years that we’ve been on the field in Honduras, I have wondered many times when “Enough” would be ‘enough’…and many are the ‘straws’ that have broken my camel’s back.
      “The hope that the trials I have experienced will be a tool used to be a blessing to other hurting people is sometimes the only thing that keeps me going.” I couldn’t have said it better.
      Knowing that how I respond to trials is a testimony and example to others, keeps me on track so much of the time. And the peace in knowing we are in His will, coupled with the joy of seeing just one soul come to know Him makes it worth it all!
      Thanks for sharing this.

    6. Your blogs are truly a blessing, and the Lord has given you a great gift thank you for sharing.
      Danielle Morgan
      Carolina Baptist Church Spartanburg, SC

    7. Amber, the Lord has truly given you a talent for writing and expressing yourself. Thank you for using your talent to help others!
      Ronda

    8. “HIs Grace is sufficient when my strength is gone, He’ll carry me when I can’t carry on” the song continues on and shows just what you are talking about. In the trial of our life He is enough. I often say it is easy to praise God on the mountain top and our true faith is revealed in how we praise him when we are down in the valley. Thank you for being faithful while you have been down in the valley–Much Love–Leah

    9. Thank you for sharing your blogs, my heart goes out to you and your family.Cont to keep you in my prays. God bless you

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