Enough is a Feast
How gratitude can open your eyes to abundance—even when times are tough.
By Ginger Garrett
I was shopping at the thrift store when I spied it: a cross-stitch that read, “Enough Is As a Feast.” I didn’t buy the item, but its words stayed with me for days. Someone had recently stolen ten thousand dollars from my husband’s business, and fears about money plagued me. Will we have enough? was the relentless, worried chant of my mind.
One night, in the midst of my anxiety, the Holy Spirit prompted me to make a list of everything I had experienced “enough” of that day. I had heard of making gratitude lists, but a list of enough?
I began writing. I had enough clothes to wear and food to eat. I had enough time to kiss my kids goodnight and to tell my husband I loved him. I had energy to do a load of laundry, call my mom, and get office work done. I always had enough for what mattered because I had a God who promised to meet my needs. What I lacked was faith to see that truth already at work in my life.
I am not the first to discover this gift of enough. On a frosty New England morning nearly four hundred years ago, weary pilgrims rose early and began preparations for what would become known as the “first Thanksgiving.” The temptation of fear must have been strong: the previous winter, half of their friends and family had died in this new land. Spring and summer had been kind and the harvest bountiful, but winter would soon return. Edward Winslow, a participant in that first feast of thanks-giving, wrote this: “Although it be not always so plentiful, as it was this time, with us, yet by goodness of God, we are so far from want…”
Today, we live in a culture that finds it difficult to identify with Winslow’s sentiment. When most of the world lives on less than a dollar per day, even our leanest years look quite rich to everyone else. It’s hard to recognize what enough really is. The unspoken and often unconscious belief of modern western society is that if we don’t have a surplus, we can’t possibly get our fill. But enough is a subtle grace—a quiet feeling of satisfaction, a delicate tension that requires awareness and humility.
Enough is an ongoing spiritual discipline—a practice of awakening to the truth and trustworthiness of our God and His Word. He is with us and will meet our every need. In a culture that swings wildly between fear of lack and love of excess, we have learned the secret of being content in every situation: We can do all things through Christ—including relaxation and enjoyment of the blessings of life—safely between extremes (Phil. 4:11-13).
Like those first pilgrims, some years we experience bounty, and some years we give thanks in the shadow of great loss. And yet by God’s grace, simply getting by can be plenty, and enough can be a feast.