“What you lack, God in his goodness will supply.”
Catherine of Siena reminds us of much in that short sentence:
- We are lacking something.
- God knows that.
- God is good.
- God cares for us.
- God will give us what we need.
Each of us lacks something different and to a different degree. We are not perfect. In the last few weeks, I’ve come across people asking for more faith, patience, discernment, time, rest, motivation, peace, health, justice, understanding and the list can go on. I think as people of faith we can ask God for what we need, with humility and hope, and know that He will supply it, in His time. I’ve noticed He supplies it when it is needed. Which is different than when we want it. We want it now. We live in an instant world – information, food, media – all on-demand! But learning to live a virtuous life requires time and dependence on God.
Do you sense I’m about to say that is where trust comes in? That’s because I doubt I am telling you anything that you don’t already know; we sometimes need a reminder.
When we persevere, when we move forward when we are afraid or tired, not knowing all the curves in the path and feeling unprepared, remember these words, “What you lack, God in his goodness will provide” and keep trusting in God. That short quote is a prayer, an aspiration that lifts our mind toward God and fills our soul, I Hope, with comfort and peace. For me, it is a reminder that it is not all up to me. God is right here, with me!
When you find yourself faltering in trust, consider one of these short prayers:
Lord, teach me to rely on you, to reach out to you in prayer, and to lean on you always.
Thank you, Lord, for your words give me comfort and remind me of your great love.