"Is there anything I can get you?" . . . "No thank you, I'm good."
"Can I do anything for you?" . . . "That's okay, I'm good."
"How are you doing today?" . . . "I'm good, how are you?"
I think I answer that way because it's safe. If I don't admit I need or want something then I can't be disappointed when I don't get it. There's also a little bit of pride in that response. I don't need you to help me, I can take care of myself. It's all about putting up walls to protect myself.
In 2 Kings Elisha meets a woman who knows about disappointment. The Bible tells us this woman was wealthy and we know she was kind and hospitable because she welcomed Elisha into her home and even built a room for him on her roof. Anytime Elisha was in that area he would stay at her home and she would care for him. One day when Elisha was staying at her home he decided he wanted to do something for this woman to show his appreciation.
Notice her response? It was the equivalent of, "I'm good." Elisha wanted to do something for her; he asked if there was anything she wanted or needed, but she said, "I'm good."
This woman did have a need, a hope, a dream, something she had wanted for a long time, but the desire hadn't been fulfilled and she was left with disappointment. To protect herself she pushed this dream to the back of her heart. It was easier to say, "I'm good" than to expose herself to hurt again.
Elisha wanted to bless this woman. Her life was good, but he wanted to give her something better. I think
But God has other plans . . .
God wasn't finished with this woman and He's not finished with you either.
". . . My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life."
~ John 10:10
This post was inspired by Steven's Furtick's "Greater" sermon series.