I was having a hard time deciding what to write about this week. Nothing was coming to me—no ideas, no inspiration. I was starting to think another week would go by without a blog post from JaneTruth. Then it hit me. Just like that. I teared up while singing a line from an old, familiar hymn. “All I have needed Thy hand hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.”
Without realizing it, I was stressing about not having “enough”—enough time to do all the things I wanted to do, enough support for the writing project I’ve been working on, enough wisdom to guide me, enough ability, enough energy, enough attention to go around. Then, in one unexpected moment, the Holy Spirit reminded me that I always have “enough” when I trust my Heavenly Father to provide.
This is one of the big areas where Christians can, and should, differ from non-Christians. I recently ran across this quote that perfectly describes the non-Christian view of reality:
As Jean-Paul Sartre expressed it, the essence of reality is scarcity, a universal and eternal lacking. There isn’t enough of anything to go around. Not enough food, not enough love, not enough justice, and never enough time. Time, as Heidegger observed is the basic category of existence. We live in its ever-shrinking shadow, and if we are to achieve anything in our brief being that lets us dies without feeling we’ve wasted our time, we will have to go into heady conflict with the forces of scarcity that deny our desires.
But this isn’t the Christian view—or, it shouldn’t be. One of the many names of God is YAHWEH-JIREH: "The Lord Will Provide." The Psalmist praised a God “provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever” (Psalm 111:5); Timothy wrote of a God “who richly provides us with everything to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17); and nearly 100 years ago, another author reminded us of a God who is ever faithful and will always provide.
“All I have needed God’s hand has provided.” That’s the joyful assertion of the faithful follower of Christ. If you are feeling today that you don’t have “enough” of something, sing along with this song and lift a prayer that God will provide all you need. Then trust that what you have received from God IS what you need, and nothing else.
 McKee, Robert. Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting. Harper Collins, 1997, p. 211.
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What is my mission as an author? The goal dearest to my heart is to help Christians think about what they really believe and then to act as if they believe it. It all begins with understanding what it means to be a Christian. Then we have to learn to live like a Christian.