Plea for Grace – January 13, 2023

enough (from Merriam-Webster dictionary)
1 of 3
 occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations
enough food for everyone
2 of 3
1: in or to a degree or quantity that satisfies or that is sufficient or necessary for satisfaction : SUFFICIENTLY
2: FULLY, QUITE  he is qualified enough for the position
3: in a tolerable degree 
she sang well enough
3 of 3
 a sufficient number, quantity, or amount
enough were present to constitute a quorum
had enough of their foolishness
—often used interjectionally

If you were to make even a cursory search on Amazon of “enough” . . . .it’s quite a search. Am I enough? I am enough. When is enough enough? Enough is enough . . . and so on and so on.

Tucked away in the search (I had to type in the author’s name to get to the book I wanted) is a small book by a faithful servant of God, Helen Roseveare .( Justin Taylor writes a review of her life here ) It’s a small book, only 78 pages in a 4×6″ copy, but every page is rich with God’s truth. (The link is to the book on Amazon but you can find it on Thriftbooks or Ebay or any other bookseller)

Following is an exerpt from the prologue

. . .and then, in the night that I was first taken captive, feeling desperately alone and wondering where God was in the midst of all the evil, being conscious of his quiet voice into my heart, ‘Can you thank me?’ and feeling, ‘No, God, I can’t possibly. This all too awful.’ And then realizing that what he was actually saying to me was, ‘Can you thank me for trusting you with this experience?’ As I caught the import of his words, ‘I thought you knew me well enough to trust me even when you couldn’t understand the outcome or the reason,’ I was overwhelmed at the privilege of being trusted by him, to go through whatever was coming next, because it was all part of his perfect plan. He didn’t have to explain to me the why and wherefore of that plan. . .

What makes this book stand out from the plethora of items on the shelves is that the focus is not on “me” at all (whether I am enough, or not, have I had enough or not, etc.) . The focus is entirely on God, on His sufficiency, on His sovereignty, on His personal care for His children.

Psalm 18:30-31 ESV - 
30 This God--his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. 31 For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?--

God is sufficient for our every need. He is.

2 thoughts on “Plea for Grace – January 13, 2023

  1. Thank you for introducing me to Helen Roseveare. Her experience introduces me to a unique testimony that will not be forgotten.

    I think of you often and pray that you are adapting as well as possible to your new normal and that God is enough in your ‘letting go.’

    I always look forward to your posts and am grateful to know that for that day you are able to write.

    Much love…Margery

  2. I just read the statement for the first time that I can communicate with you by responding to this email! Duh! LOL…but I’m happy to know that for the future.

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