Too Much of a Good Thing


Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” -- Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

-- Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

A mighty white Pegasus rears-up over me, slowly raising its wings above its back. Then, as I watch in fascination, puffs of smoke appear from its nostrils as it slowly morphs into a smoky winged dragon with an undulating tail that seems to be a mile long. Suddenly, a lop-eared dog appears and threatens to swallow the dragon before they both drift and dissolve into cotton candy clouds against a blue summer sky. I shift my weight and turn over on my slightly deflated air mattress to catch some of the sun’s rays on my back. The welcomed heat liquefies every trace of tension and loosens my limbs as I drift, completely relaxed on the pool’s surface, the water feeling silky and cool against my arms and legs as they dangle over the sides of the float. This. Is. Bliss.

Of course, it is way too hot to linger too long outside anywhere except in the pool, too much sun is dangerous and will burn my skin without sun block, and even the cool, blue water will shrivel my fingers and toes if I stay in too long. I guess anything can be harmful if taken to excess.

That concept stands in sharp contrast to the abundance God offers. We can never have too much of Him or his love. His provision is always perfect, even though we often want more. As I have prayed over the years, asking for everything from winning the Lottery to better paying jobs for both my husband and myself, sometimes God has been less forthcoming. When I have complained and even argued with him, as I am frequently inclined to do, he has reassured me that he will provide for all of our needs, but if he gave me everything I asked for and wanted, it would most certainly keep me from fulfilling his perfect plan and will for my life, and that kind of excess could possibly even destroy me. He knows me too well…!

Prayer: My most gracious and loving heavenly Father, I praise you for your wisdom and thank you for the abundance that you provide for me every day. You consistently give me exactly what I need for each day and I trust that you really would pour out all of the riches of Heaven itself into my life if I could handle it. Help me to trust you and to walk with you closely every day in faith because you are my sufficiency and my strength, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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