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Sufficiency, The Ant & The Creator
"My Grace Is Sufficient"
Consider the ant!
May I tell you a little anecdote about an ant?
This story is related to me as true. An artist drew a picture of this marvelous creation where the little fellow is carrying this heavy load. The ant is praying to his creator, "God, I don't know why you want me to bear this load. I can see no good in it and it's horribly heavy. But if you want me to carry it, I will.”
Now the background for this depiction is all important. The load he carries is a contact lens.
It is a true story about a young woman named Brenda. The narrative begins when she is invited to go rock climbing. Before her is this incredible granite cliff. She is trembling, but determined to proceed. She puts on her gear, clings to the rope, and starts up the face of that mountain. At last she reaches a ledge and decides to take a respite. As she is hanging and trying to catch her breath, the safety rope snaps and whips against her eye. Her contact lens is jarred from her eye. Of course, she looks and looks, but with vision blurred, and on a rock ledge with hundreds of feet of nothing but rock below her, desperation swells her spirit with anxiety. It is here she prays, “LORD, help me find my contact lens!”
Because of her fuzzy sight, her trip is slowed, but she finally gets to the top. Her friend assists her and they search her clothing and still no contact lens. She looks across the mountain ranges and is reminded of the Scriptures:
(2 Chronicles 16:9) For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. … (KJV Bible)
She prays again and asks the LORD to help her, "Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me."
The group walks the trail to the bottom of the mountain. It is here they meet another group of climbers just starting to climb the mountain face. One climber gives a shout out, “Anyone lose a contact lens?" Astonishingly, he had just seen this little ant carrying it across the rock cliff. (The source of this story is in the book, Keep A Quiet Heart by Elizabeth Elliot, and is a firsthand account by Benda Foltz of Princeton, Minnesota ).
(2Co 3:5) Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
There is that in God which meets every one of my needs. Often, I confuse needs and wants, but His fullness is sufficient for my every emptiness. Paul uses the word, “sufficiency” to mean that God is completely adequate, competent, and capable in all of life’s moments. In God is all sufficiency. By His command this whole world came into existence, and He never created the end without designing the means. The Bible says He is the author and finisher of our faith. The beginning, the means and the end are all made one by our Savior, Jesus Christ.
(Romans 8:28) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV Bible)
Our lives are made of many parts: there is the ebb and flow of what we call good. Likewise, there is the mire and muck of bad. All together make our lives, but God joins them with a singular theme that He is with us sufficiently through it all! Furthermore, all are connected into unity by our one Almighty Friend, encompassing and sustaining the whole. Nothing is deficient: every necessity is met.
2 Corinthians 3:2-5 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. (3) You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. (4) Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. (5) Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. (NIV Bible)
O ne last thought: Paul says in this text that the Christian life lives out like an epistle. In other words, we are the Bile the world reads. There is no way that I am worthy to be compared to God’s Epistle, but that is what Paul says. How is it possible? Because God is sufficient, not me.
Let not my soul live in poverty and distress, when Heaven’s wealth is all there to meet my need.
Let not my soul be lost to the limitations of the valleys and pits, when Jesus’ Love is there to lift me from the depths of despair.
Let my soul soar in praise at your words, “My Grace Is Sufficient.”