One of my favorite promises that God has been fulfilling in my life recently is that He is all I need.
Sometimes I start to look at who's getting married, who's having kids, who's making more money than I am, who's driving a better car than I am, who has family living near to them, etc. And I wonder at God, "Why haven't You blessed me with all of these things?" And I feel discouraged and discontented and a little sad, like maybe there's something wrong with me or that I'm not as "treasured" or "valued" or "deserving" as someone else.
And once I've thought these thoughts, I've taken my eyes off Jesus.
Because here's the thing about Jesus: He gives.
I'm not talking about the Pollyanna "glad game" where you make a list of all the blessings you have been given (which is a very good thing to do).
I am talking about finding everything and all in the One whose love and grace goes deeper and fuller than any person or thing ever could.
He gives us Himself.
There are a lot of things I want, and a lot of things I don't understand why I don't have. But here is where that Will Reagan & United Pursuit song comes in:
I take all those things that tell me I am incomplete, that tell me I am not where I could be or should be, that tell me there's more that I could have, and lay them at Jesus' feet and pray,
If I give it all to You, will You make it all new?
Because He does. He has. He continues to take what I give Him and make it into something I would not have designed for myself. Sometimes that means giving Him something I really want and telling Him that I trust that whatever He gives will be better.
And it is.
Because when He gives you Himself, it is far better assurance that you are treasured and valued than if He were to give you every blessing on earth.
I do not comfort myself in my "losses" but counting all the blessings He has given me. I allow Him to comfort me and show me that there is no loss when I find everything I need in Him.
"The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy." - Psalm 11:7