I have been reading not a fan by Kyle Idleman, one the pastors of megachurch Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. Not only am I reading it for myself, but I plan to offer it as a sermon series/small group starting late September. I read the following story from it:
An elderly missionary was returning from the foreign field to the US to live out the days he had left with his married daughter in the Midwest. Upon arriving on the California coast he boarded a bus to begin his trip across the country. The first night the bus stopped in Las Vegas. He had been out of the States for more than thirty years. He had never been to Vegas. He checked into a hotel room and took a walk down the strip. Although it was close to midnight, it looked like midday, because of all the lights. As he walked down the strip he heard the loud music, saw the amazing hotels, and even went to a car show where he saw the world’s finest automobiles. He saw the games being played in the casinos and heard the money coming out of the slot machines. He saw the marquees announcing amazing entertainers. He saw the drink specials announced and the amazing food advertised in the restaurants. Eventually he went back to his room in the highrise hotel where he was staying. He entered the room but didn’t turn on the light. He walked across the room and opened the curtains. In the quietness of his room he got on his knees in front of the window, looked down at the Vegas strip, then into the more impressive lights of the heavens, and prayed this prayer, “God, I thank you that tonight I haven’t seen anything I want more than I want you.”
Simply put: God was enough. God is enough. I know that is simplistic and someone is bound to lambaste me for being so naive. That’s alright. Guilty as charged. There is an old song: “I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold/ I’d rather have Him than have riches untold/I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame/I’d rather be true to His holy Name.” There is more to that song, of course, but it is too lengthy to put here. One of the truths I am remembering all over again is how great His love is for me. I love Him because he first loved me. [I John 4:19]
What about you? Is God enough? What is one thing you are learning that is new or that you are remembering in a whole new light?