Beyond All Measure – And Then Some

In about a month’s time, our family returns to the US for a four-month home assignment.

This expressionless statement fails to communicate our family’s rendering of heart, soul, mind and body as we prepare to board our first flight.

A more vivid verbalism would be:

AAAAGH!!! WE’RE LEAVING FOR THE US IN JUST OVER FOUR WEEKS!!!! WE’RE NOT READY!!!!

For many who are outside of our missionary world, they may wonder, “What’s the big deal? You’re coming back to rest, right? Isn’t this a long vacation for you???”

Not exactly.

Yes, we will be away from our ministry work in southern Africa. However, to even step on a plane, much effort, time, and attention have been given to leaving this work in a positive, healthy, and growing place as we transition away for a significant period. Think of it this way: for the past year, John and I have been putting in a year and a half’s work in less than a year’s time for our ministry efforts to keep moving forward. To that end, John leaves this week for a 17-day ministry trip that will focus specifically upon healthy transitional leadership – just days before we jump onto our first airplane to the US.

While John is away, the rest of our family will be in a continuous state of finishing up things in South Africa while at the same time, starting things up to begin in the US! We will literally have our minds, hearts, and even our feet in two, three, four, and five places!

Believe me when I say all of this is enough to freak us out!

Yet, in God’s eternal goodness and great patience with me, He directed my heart to these words today:

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9: 8 NIV

Did you catch those three ‘alls’?

I did.

Paul provides us with a three-fold usage of this tiny, but all-powerful word. 😉

The transliterated Greek words, en panti mean – in everything.

The transliterated Greek word, pantote is defined as always.

The transliterated Greek word of pasan means with all sufficiency.

So, let’s put this all together :

In everything, with all sufficiency, and in all times and seasons, the grace, favor, affection and goodness of God is poured abundantly into our lives – without measure – in order that we may abide in our love for Him and abound in generous love and care for others through the power of Jesus Christ.

This is the Christ-honoring, Christ-following, Christ-loving life.

It is a spiritually-transformative life viewed independently of circumstances – like preparing for a massively-huge, overseas trip and home-assignment.

You see, my friends, if I am interpreting this correctly, the cares, concerns, and distractions in our lives are not to be our focal point.

Instead, our attention needs to turn to our Heavenly Father and all that He has given us in Christ. And this is enough. It is more than enough. We are amply provided with all that we need to not only be content with what we have, but to offer what we have in abundance to those in our spheres of influence and care.

Do we believe it?

Do we believe that we are amply supplied – regardless of circumstance?

Do we believe that we have all that we need to be hospitable, to be generous, to be helpful, to be available to abound in the service of Christ for the love, care and benefit of others?

No gift is given solely for our benefit. Every good gift – whether spiritual or temporal –  is bestowed in our lives to be shared as a blessing and encouragement.

So, here I am.

Our family is just weeks away from beginning a four-month home assignment which will include launching Micah into university life, visiting seven (maybe eight) churches, presenting to mission committees, speaking with small groups, meeting with an attorney to develop a special needs trust for our sons, gathering with friends, celebrating the holidays and other significant events with family, and yes, Caleb, Jake and I will begin our 2020 school year in the US, too. I could list even more things, but you get the idea! Suffice it to say, that our Heavenly Father will make His grace abound during this time and season, in everything, and with all sufficiency because He isn’t focused upon these activities, instead His focus and care is upon us.

Did you catch that?

Our Lord is not bound by our circumstances, cares and concerns in His care  and dealings with us.

He is focused upon us.

Beyond all measure, He is at work in us – in our hearts, souls, minds, and bodies –  in extraordinary, remarkable, excellent ways as He strengthens and encourages us in the love, affection, and knowledge of Jesus Christ.  We enjoy an all-sufficiency in Christ in which we have no need of anything – except Him.

Thus, God is more than able to give my family and me all that we need during this temporal season for our abundant good. Because He is giving Himself to us.

And then?

And so, then, we can share the abundance of Christ’s blessings and love with you!!!

My circumstances haven’t changed since I started this blog post. We still have bucketloads of things to do before our departure. But what I do have now is a feeling of contentment. I have received this word that my God has provided all that I need to finish up what needs to be done. And that feels great!

What about you, my friends?

Are you feeling pressed?

Are you feeling like you need something to happen?

Do you feel like you need something from someone?

Are you wondering how everything is going to work out at this juncture in your life?

Is time moving too slowly for you for something to finally be realized in your life?

I can relate!

My encouragement to us both is to breathe. 😊

And then to read, reflect, meditate, and be encouraged by this truth:

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Please reflect upon this blessing this week and see how your God helps you to experience His blessing, His care, and His encouragement despite the circumstances and distractions in your life.

His loving focus is upon you.

Turn your attention to Him and see what happens!

With love and prayers to you always!

Photo retrieved from Dr. Sheila Graham Smith – Straddling Two Worlds

4 thoughts on “Beyond All Measure – And Then Some

  1. I don’t envy your “journey for the next four weeks. That panic of how much there is to do and how short the time is to do it. Yet somehow you are suddenly on the back side of the problem and everything IS done. My God shall supply ALL and EVERYTHIGN you need. It is amazing and gratifying and we wonder why we panicked Yet we will do it again “next time” Our LORD will arrange everything exactly according to HIS plan even tho’ it may seem out of our control. It is hard to sit back and let Him lead when we know we know the best way to do these things. I am praying for ALL of you, in ALL things. I know this is NOT a a vacation, just a change of venue and the color of faces. May He keep you focus and RESTED in spite of all the changes. Love,

    1. Thank you, Shirley! We look forward to seeing you when we are Stateside! You’ve been with us all the way!!! Love, heather

  2. Praying for you! Totally relate!

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