I received a peck on the cheek as I hugged a small, frail woman.
"Welcome beautiful visitor," she said.
She brought small bowls of rice to feed the children who gathered outside her tiny nipa hut nestled in the rural areas of the island of Mindanao, Philippines.
In the midst of the humid, scorching heat, she fed them. They sang songs, and then she nourished their souls with Bible lessons.
Fighting mosquitoes and wiping sweat beads off my forehead, I listened and observed her joy, her passion, and patience with those little ones. As we were about to leave and head to our next stop in our missions trip, I hugged her. "I admire you," I said. "You have so little and give so much."
She gave a shy giggle. "When you have Jesus, you have enough," she said.
Can that be so? Can Jesus really be enough?
Here are three questions to determine if He's truly enough for us:
1. If we lose all we value, can we still declare we believe and trust in Him?
2. If our plans fail, our heart is broken, and our future looks bleak, will contentment still fill our hearts?
3. If His ways contradict ours, will we still embrace joy?
And if we had nothing, can we repeat what Habakkuk 3:17-18 declares? "Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior."
No matter what you're facing today, can you still rejoice in Him?
Janet P. Eckles