Next month, I’ll be celebrating an anniversary of sorts. Ten years of writing in my little cyberspace world, Mama’s Empty Nest. In recent weeks, I’ve shared some throw-back posts from the earlier years of this blog and do so again today.
The year 2020 has been a wild one so far. Everywhere we turn, there seems to be cause for alarm. Turning on the news evokes all kinds of emotions – almost all of them not positive ones. If you’re like me, you’ve had enough. How do we maneuver through these difficult times? I hope you find a bit of encouragement in this Throwback Thursday post of mine from October 2013.
Have you ever just thrown up your hands in surrender and cried, “Ok, enough is ENOUGH!” When is enough enough?
For most people, enough is enough when you’ve reached a point when you can no longer tolerate a situation. Maybe you reached a boiling point when your anger just takes over and your up-to-now contained emotions blow up in force like Old Faithful gushing up and spilling over for all to see.
For some, the pressure actually may be physical. You just can’t do any more because your body tuckers out. Still others may experience such exasperation with another human being that they just must cut themselves off from that person for the sake of peace.
No matter what situation makes you throw in the towel or wave the white flag of surrender in capitulation, I think you reach the saturation point. A saturation point is defined in chemistry as “the point at which a substance, under given conditions, can receive no more of another substance in solution.”
In other words, you’re soaked. You’re filled up and overflowing. Saturation can be negative or positive, depending on your attitude.
If you’re inclined to realize enough is enough and you want to give up the fight, you will walk away and turn your attention to something more productive.
But if you’re a dig in your heels and fight to the finish kind of person, you’re more likely to follow this advice attributed to Mary H. Waldrip: “It’s important that people should know what you stand for. It’s equally important that they know what you won’t stand for.”
This week’s photo challenge has been “saturation.” After a very wet, rainy summer season complete with flash flooding in places where I’ve never witnessed flooding before, I understand the definition of saturation just from looking out my window.
When our yard was water-logged to the brim from all the rain, I shot some photos of the result which demonstrated how something can be so inundated it can’t take any more.
Aren’t we, at times, just like a drenched yard? Inundated and overwhelmed. At the point where we just… Can. Not. Take. Any. More.
For me, that’s where my faith takes over. When every fiber of my being screams enough, my soul says fill me up. Fill me up with Your joy, Lord. Pour Your peace over me. Soak me through with Your hope. Saturate me with Your promises, O Lord.
Romans 15: 13 tells me: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
When I’m saturated with God’s Holy Word, I am overflowing. But instead of a flood that destroys everything in its path, this overflowing of living water nourishes and gives glory where glory is due.
“But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, God is great!” ~ Psalm 70:4
When I’m saturated, I can see that the earth is filled with His glory even when I think I’ve had enough of this world.
So when those times come, when I want to yell out loud, “I’ve had enough!”, I need to turn to this scripture: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.” ~ Phillipians 1: 9-11
For me, that will be enough. ©2013 mamasemptynest.wordpress.com
“Forget it enough to get over it and remember it enough so it doesn’t happen again.” ~ Unknown