“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.
~ Isaiah 43:2 (NASB1995)
As women, we are so many things to so many different people. Many of us are wives who desire to be the perfect help-meets to our mates. Many of us are mothers who strive to raise our children in the admonition of the Lord when they are young and struggle to redefine our relationships when they become adults. Many of us are sisters who seek to "be there" for the family we have been with since birth. Many of us are daughters who are charged to take care of our aging parents. Many of us are friends who desire to be amazing listeners and fabulous advice-givers. Many of us are co-workers who want to be dynamic in the workplace. Many of us are dedicated to serving in the church. There are many other roles besides these that we walk in.
No matter what stage of life we find ourselves in, we, as women, have life's demands attacking us at every angle. If we are not careful, overwhelming feelings can be our constant companion. Additionally, we never quite seem to reach the impossible standards that we set for ourselves or others impose on us. We are never pretty enough, thin enough, fashionable enough, smart enough, wise enough, available enough, patient enough, and the list goes on and on.
The World also recognizes this paradigm for women and has developed its solution to the problem. The World tells us to look in the mirror and repeat daily, "I Am Enough!" You see the commercials on your television or iPad. You see the graphics on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You see women on TikTok and YouTube giving monologues about being enough. And at first, I felt empowered by this message. I was like, "Yeah! I'm enough! And if you can't see that, then tough for you!"
However, my overwhelming feelings did not go away no matter how often I said to myself, "I Am Enough." When faced with various situations with my adult children, I definitely did not feel like I could handle the problems. There wasn't enough wisdom, understanding, or patience within me to appropriately respond, and consequently, feelings of anxiousness began to rise.
While driving in my car, "Enough" by Social Misfits Club came on my Amazon Music Christian Hip-Hop station. The lyrics struck me like a force, penetrating my soul.
I was born to walk through the fire
I was made to run through these flames
Yeah, even when I'm broken and tired
You are enough, enough, enough
I realized what I already knew deep inside. I am NOT enough. However, I do not have to be because the God I serve is more than enough. I am more than a conqueror through Him that loves me (Romans 8:37). I was created to walk through some things that may feel like fire. I was born to pass through some waters that may get treacherous. But thanks be to God, who always causes me to triumph in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14). The Lord has promised that "He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you." Therefore, we are not to fear or be dismayed (Deuteronomy 31:8). An overwhelming sense of peace replaced the fear and anxiousness.
I could give up, I could just hide
But You walk with me through all of my fires
You do, yeah, You do
Yes, there are still days that I could give up and want to run and hide, but I know that I am never alone. My Abba Father walks with me through all of my fires!
What things have you been trying to be "enough" for that you realize that you can only handle with the One who is genuinely Enough?
Enough by Social Misfits Club