I Wish YOU Enough!
I Wish You Enough
I can remember reading this story many years ago somewhere... It's Truly a powerful story:
Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter’s departure had been announced. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said:
“I love you and I wish you enough.”
The daughter replied, “Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom.” They kissed and the daughter left.
The mother walked over to the window where I sat. Standing there, I could see she wanted and needed to cry.
I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?” “Yes, I have,” I replied. “Forgive me for asking but why is this a forever good-bye?”
“I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is the next trip back will be for my funeral,” she said.
When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, “I wish you enough.” May I ask what that means?”
She began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more.
“When we said ‘I wish you enough’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them”. Then turning toward me, she shared the following, reciting it from memory,
“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.”
She then began to cry and walked away.
A flat-line life is not what we are called to live. This world is full of ups and downs and it will knock you down, and keep you there if you let it. Struggle and pain will come, and sometimes it will seem as though thats all there is. But thats when the good things come. Enough to sustain us, but not enough to let us live in the ignorance that we are self-sufficient and completely sustainable without the love and grace of our Heavenly Father. It reminds us that a future glory is coming that is beyond our wildest dreams, but that we are not there yet. Paul talks about this in his letter to the Romans.
Romans 8:18 says “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
For those in the midst of struggle, sit tight, good is on the way. And beyond that, a glory is coming that can’t even be fathomed. Have hope in that. Cling to that hope when you have nothing else to hold on to. You will pull through. I wish you enough.
God Bless You! ❤