By Jodi Matthews
When I was a little girl, probably in 1st grade, I remember my mother singing to me a song I definitely could relate to at Christmas which was, “All l I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” Yes, I needed those front teeth to eat the most wonderful food offered in the year at Christmas time. Thankfully I did not have to suffer too long without those teeth but often times I feel like I am lacking what I need to be happy, content, or sometimes wondering if I have all I need to make it not just at Christmas but in my life. Christmas, if we are not careful, can remind us of all the things we don’t have and put too much emphasis on our individual “wish lists”.
However, on a more deeper level, I often feel I don’t have what it takes to live the Christian life like I should or want to. This issue of sin keeps me thinking I will never change, I can never be enough, I just think I don’t have what it takes. I have gotten stuck in this pit way too often and it puts me in a place of being consumed with selfish thoughts about my lack of gifts instead of focusing on the gift giver Himself, Jesus!
In the book of Isaiah, I have read about who are we to judge God on what and how He has made us?
Does the clay say to the potter,
‘What are you making?’
Does your work say,
‘The potter has no hands’? Isaiah 45:9
In verse 12 He reminds His people of Israel that it is He who has made the earth and created mankind in it. He continues by saying,
“My own hands stretched out the heavens I marshaled their starry hosts.”
When I think about the greatness of our God and how He has made us so unique in His image I can settle into His awesomeness and no longer think about what I don’t have. Instead, I think of this great God who loves me, made me, and desires to have a relationship with me, His child.
In His Word God often reminds me that my sufficiency comes from him alone, not in the gifts, talents or assets he has entrusted to my care.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence… II Peter 1:3
When I am down about what I don’t have I need to remember that God has given me EVERYTHING I need not just for life but for godliness too. When I draw near to my Savior, Creator, Counselor and Friend I find my cup filled to overflowing. There is a song that says,
Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up Lord, come and fill this longing in my soul, breathe of heaven fill me till I want no more…, fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.
There was a woman who worked in construction who had faced many difficulties such as abuse and the grip of alcoholism. When she let Christ meet her need this is what she told me. “Jodi, you can bring your cup to ask God to fill, but I decided I am going to bring my dump truck instead and let God fill that!” J!
So now I sing……. Fill my truck, Lord, I lift it up Lord, come and fill this longing in my soul, breath of Heaven fill me till I want no more…, fill my truck, fill it up and make me whole!
Everything we need is found in Him! He will accomplish His purpose in us! I think it’s time to borrow someone’s dump truck and let God fill us up!
“For I am God, and there is no other, I am God and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying “ My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.” Isaiah 46:9-10