I have really felt the Lord speaking to me over the last several days. It’s not our normal banter – but more of a subtle reminder that He keeps trying to instill in me.
I had an interesting conversation with Mr. Nene. He had stopped by my house Tuesday night. By trade Mr. Nene is a steelworker. He’s been doing it for over 30 years. On a good month he’ll make 3000 Haitian dollars. Then sometimes he’ll go months and not make anything. Just by looking at him you can tell he’s been through a lot over the last 50 years or so. His wife helps us with the twins. He has 5 children himself.
I asked him why does he think God has allowed this to happen – for him to live in Haiti – and struggle for every meal? I wanted his view-point on God. I wanted to know if he ever questioned whether God existed since he lives in such an impoverished country.
He told me:
Who am I to question God? Did Jesus not suffer on the cross? He suffered much more than I ever have. There are nights that my children are hungry but each day we live. God can give and He can take. In the moments where He takes – my faith only strengthens. Each day is like a test. It’s not always easy – but I’m just His servant. It’s not supposed to be. When you have the Spirit of the Lord in your heart – isn’t that enough? For me it’s enough. I don’t have to question anything.
I just keep playing that conversation over and over in my mind. Can we say the same thing?
In a “give-me” kind of world – we’re always pursuing the next thing. Looking for the next power play or move. Wishing we had that better house, car, or job. Are we not always looking for something? Wanting something?
We sing – All Of You – Is More Than Enough
More than all I want (the car, the job, the money, the house, security)
More than all I need (food, water, roof over your head)
You are more than enough for me
We might sing those words – but here is a man who truly lives it. More than His needs – real needs – the need to have food and water – God is more than those needs? He’s not pursuing the next thing – or upset over what he doesn’t have. He is simply content in knowing that He has a Savior – who bore more than any of us could on the cross! And Mr. Nene is asking me what is left to question? What else could you ask for? I’m just blown away by that.
We might all believe that what Christ did for us is more than enough – we might even sing about it – – but does our life really reflect it? Really?