I called one of my best friends around 9:45 pm last night. Sobbing.
My heart hurt so bad that prayer wasn’t enough. I knew I needed a friend to speak truth into my life.
She listened to my laments quietly before responding.
“Jesus has got to be enough. He has to be.”
She was right.
A few years ago, I had a chance encounter with a woman with a background similar to mine. She was in her late 40’s, early 50’s, the wife of a church elder and a mother. She had been to counseling for the abuse she had endured and someone suggested I talked to her.
I was sharing my struggles with her when I said, “I just want to get to a place where I’m a whole person.”
She shook her head fiercely. “You won’t be whole this side of heaven. You’re just in the process of being made whole.”
She went on to say that even though it had been almost 3 decades since her abuse, she still struggled. And she had found a man who loved her anyway. She had found someone who pointed her back to Jesus. She was a loving mother and had a successful career.
I saw what my life could be and I was relieved. Realizing that there was no pressure to be fully healed in order to have the life I wanted was the relief I needed.
My friend went on to tell me she reached a point where Jesus was enough. She had struggled with loneliness for such a long time when God finally asked her, Am I enough?
I sat there, listening, everything in me breaking. My heart was crushed. What if God made me wait longer? What if I just keep tripping over feelings and lost hope?
Will Jesus be enough?
I demanded an answer from God. I wasn’t interested in a sign or some prophetic message. I wanted Him to speak through His word. What was He doing in my life?
He showed me Genesis 32. In the story, Jacob makes his way back home when he gets word that Esau is headed his way. Jacob stole Esau’s inheritance so Jacob is sure Esau will kill him upon arrival.
Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children. But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted. – Genesis 32:11-12
Despite God’s promise, Jacob sends gifts to Esau to protect himself. Before he meets with Esau, Jacob wrestles with God and prevails. In Genesis 33, Esau greets Jacob with forgiveness and compassion. God honors the words He spoke in Jacob’s life.
Everything in me is terrified right now. I’m scared of giants I can’t see. But God is faithful.
I hung up the phone with my friend, her question ringing in my ears.
Is Jesus enough?
He is. He really is. He’s enough through every heartache, every disappointment, every lost dream. He is my greatest comforter. He knows me and loves me anyway. He’ll love me more than any husband or friend will.
He is enough.