Any of us who have ever attempted a diet know that one of the first things they teach you is “portion control.” They show you what a “normal” portion looks like. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I look at that and go…really? That much will fill me up? But once you start doing it, you start to realize that maybe the portion they are recommending is enough. It takes some getting used to, but your body does adjust and you realize that maybe we don’t always (or ever) need those super size portions, but that the “recommended amount” is just what your body needs.
Now I know the holidays are coming and no one really wants to talk about portion control, but I’m thinking of a different kind of portion. The “just the right amount” portion that is talked about in Scripture. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 73:26 which states…..“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” I love the whole idea that He is truly exactly what we need. Hard times….super size portion. But always, enough.
That is not to say that He is ever changing, because certainly He is the same yesterday, today and always. But it is to say that He knows our needs and He is exactly what we need, when we need it.
It’s a little bit like the poem “Footprints in the Sand” where when asked why the person only saw one set of footprints the Lord replied….“My child, that’s when I held you.”
I have lots of friends who need the supersize portion of Him right now. My friend Janet’s mom is in hospice, Molly is fighting cancer, Sylvi’s father-in-law just passed away and Marlo is facing the 1st anniversary of her daughters death….and yet each of them know they are being held….and that He is just what they need.
May we all be reminded that He is our portion forever.