Growing up in a big family and being second to the youngest had its benefits Being the youngest girl meant that I was daddy’s little girl… My parents would give us, “Domingo or allowance” after church on Sundays. I was not a saver and would spend it all in one trip to the store. I would buy kids’ favorite treats: Onion Rings, Now and Laters, Strawberry Crush Soda, and Grab Bags (a surprise in every bag). My younger brother Javi was a saver, and even to this day he can save money. So when I would run out of my money and wanted something else, I would cry to my dad and he would ask my brother to share his money with me. Even now I go to Starbucks to buy a coffee and what do you know, I pay with my ATM card not always caring how expensive my cinnamon dulce latte costs. Some things just never change…..
Looking back on those days helps me appreciate being a kid. Now I can see that life is not as nice or fair as it was when I was growing up. Sometimes we get programmed into thinking that life is always going to be fair. However, we know that is far from the truth. This last year, 2012, has been a year that has brought its share of challenges, heartaches, and trials. No one is exempt, from the hardships of life. “In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” Matthew5:45
Life has a way of throwing curve balls that we don’t see coming. As believers it can be easy to think, “What!?” this is not how its suppose to be. What about the plans that Jesus says he has for me, plans to prosper me, not to harm me. This doesn’t fit in that plan. It doesn’t feel or look, like a good plan Lord…
How many times can we call Him Lord and at the same time question Him? We need to remind ourselves that this is not the final outcome! This is just preparation for the plans that He has for us in eternity. We are also reminded that He works all things out for our good (Romans 8:28). Whatever difficult situation we may be facing, ask yourself, “Is Jesus enough for me?" Jesus wants to be our everything! He says that we lack nothing in Him. He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.
My earthly father would do anything in his power and ability to make sure that I was well taken care of. Remember, how much more our heavenly Father cares for us. He is ever watching, always loving, protecting, defending, guarding, providing, forgiving, healing, and always attentive to the prayer of the apple of His eye. Our Jesus is more than enough.