Isn’t it crazy how life has a way of reminding us that we don’t have it all together, don’t have all the answers that we wish we’d have?
Sometimes we can give an opinion based on an actual situation or a result that we had or observed in someone else’s life, but if we’re honest, there are plenty of situations that we don’t have hard and fast answers for questions we have or someone around us has.
It’s not an easy thing to not have answers whether it’s for pain someone is going thru or questions about life and faith or how to navigate relationships. Not having an answer we feel we need is difficult in ANY situation.
Why is it so difficult to not have answers? I think one of the reasons (if not the biggest) is that it brings us face to face with the reality that we in ourselves are not enough. We can’t bluff our way through. We can’t force the result that we want. We can’t control everything or everyone around us.
We are simply not enough. We just aren’t.
Our coming to this realization is just where God can show us that He is enough. It reminds us of how very much we need Him. Recognizing that we don’t have the answers drives us to Him.
I’ve been reminded of my own “not enoughness” multiple times recently because of having all the feels with unanswered questions of my own, as well as questions of others in my life that I simply don’t have nicely boxed answers or 3 step processes for. I just simply don’t. Would I like to? Yeah. Oh, yeah, I would! It would be easier to just pretend these questions don’t exist and steer clear of them, but there’s no life or resolution in that.
I love this lovely lady’s story on realizing that she isn’t enough. God uses all kinds of situations to bring us to places of recognizing that we aren’t enough!
I’m reminded of the song “Your Grace is Enough.” It’s easy enough to sing along with it, but living it is a whole other thing.
I’ve been sensing that God is asking if I’ll stay engaged even when I don’t have answers. Will I keep talking with Him and with others even in the tension of not having answers or resolution? Will I trust Him even when I feel like I haven’t a clue what to do in situations that friends are facing? Is His grace enough? Or will I withdraw into a perceived safe place where I’ll stay away from messy situations?
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Cor. 12:9
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105
What have you learned in these difficult places of not knowing answers to your questions? How has God showed you His faithfulness, His “enoughness”?