"You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy."
~ Psalm 65: 9-13
One of my early memories I carry with me is that of living on our farm, and turning our cows out into a green meadow after a long winter. Even our older cattle seemed to have a dance to their step as they stretched and welcomed the freedom to run. I especially enjoyed watching new calves as they would run and chase one another.
So often we forget that we live a life of abundance. It's interesting, even the homeless that I used to work with understood what it meant to live a life of abundance. Often sharing what they had with one another, no matter how great or small, it was a way not of survival, but simply the "right" thing to do.
Today our lives can be filled with a lot of distractions, keeping us from seeing the abundance that exists in our lives.
We seem to be bombarded with ads for the next generation of technology, and scenes that depict better cars, bigger homes, and easier ways to prepare even our cup of coffee!
Simply put, our God is not a god of scarcity, but of abundance. From the time that Jesus collected 12 baskets of leftovers when five loaves and a few fish were all that they had to begin with, to Jesus telling Simon to cast his nets and the catch is so great that his boat begins to sink.
God doesn't simply give us enough, God gives us more than enough, including more love than we could ever ask to receive.
What is it that you have experienced in abundance?
An easy trap for any of us is to look at what others have, or what the world seems to want to sell us as abundance, then look at own life and become depressed. Abundance can be found in many forms, but when we fail to see it already in our life, then we miss so much more!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, help me to see what I have, rather than what I don't have, and to give thanks for the abundance in my life. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.