*Pastor’s Note: I was looking through some of my old archives the other day and ran across this article that was real popular in email circulations. The author is unknown but it actually fits in with the theme of God’s Amazing Creation and the Abundant Life He promises. It’s still a very relevant story for today. The Scripture was added for this telling. Enjoy and be blessed!
So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” – John 10:7-11.
Recently, a father and daughter were overheard in their last moments together at the airport. The airline had announced her departure and standing near the security gate, they hugged and he said, “I love you . . . I wish you enough.”
She, in turn, said, “Dad, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Dad.”
They kissed and she left. He walked over toward the window where the minister was seated. Standing there, the minister could see he wanted and needed to cry. He tried not to intrude on his privacy, but the father welcomed the minister in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone, knowing it would be forever?”
“Yes, I have,” the minister replied. “Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?”
“I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead, and the reality is, the next trip back will be for my funeral,” he said.
“When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’ May I ask what that means?”
He began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down for many generations within my family. My parents used to say it to everyone.” He paused for a moment, looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, and then he smiled even more.
“When we said ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them,” he continued and then, turning towards the minister, he shared the following: “I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish you enough ‘Hellos’ to get you through the final ‘Good-byes’.” Then he simply turned and walked away.
I wish you enough. I think too often we expect our lives to be perfect – taking for granted all of the “inconveniences” that come our way. God never promised us a perfect life. But He does promise to always be with us through our trials and tribulations. We all need to remember the bad things are as important as the blessings in life because they help to develop character and hopefully bring us closer to God. How would we measure the joys in our life without any sorrows?
Yes, . . . I wish you enough . . . .