I continue to reflect on the meaning of "bastante" which in the usual USA dictionary translates as "enough". Lauren observed that the Guatemalan people actually use the word "bastante" in a way that means "WAY enough". So, for example, in our trip home from the clinic yesterday, we were nearing the Guatemalan meaning of "bastante" when we put 13 adults, 1 baby, an ultrasound machine, an examination table, and all the medical supplies into the van.
In the Reflections on Simplicity book, a favorite of mine, John Woolman, is quoted. He uses the word "adequate" in a similar way. Adequate is like a round table, there is always room for one more. Adequate is more flexible than enough. One can always adjust if one is flexible enough. God works besst when His people are flexible with the gifts that He gives.
Do not worry about what you will eat or what you will wear...God is providing. IF we can get to that point in our living, then we are living in the spirit of adequate and we are living without worry ABOUT OURSELVES. I wont worry about not having enough water for the day or having to go to the bathroom when there are what appear to be no facilities, how much I have to eat, etc. Life just goes on. WE know in a new way that our God is a provident God. Our energies can be devoted to something outside ourselves.
In the story of Lazarus, once in hell he begged that someone be sent back to warn the others....the request is denied with the words they already have enough evidence....there is adequate evidence....they wont see it if I tell them again. They still wont get it. Dont you see, you are a smart man, you didnt get it.....they wont get it. We are SURROUNDED by the evidence of Gods providence and yet how slow we are to believe....help my unbelief.
Woolman speaks of our no longer being able to see the superfluous as superfluous. We no longer perceive the truth of the situation. We are starying in Casa Amelia....an adequate dwelling. On an earlier trip, there was no breakfast table in the center of the small lobby because there was not breakfast in the lobby. Then one day a table arrived at breakfast time near the chairs. Soon a lovely cloth decorated the table. Then one day, salt and margarine arrived on the table. Then someone found or someone saw another hotel with a spinning holder for the salt and the margarine. Add a flower. The question is, where was adequate? And when did we stop recognizing it? Was not table okay? Do we need all the trimmings to eat breakfast? Where was adequate? We no longer see it. We need to look for adequate. The real question is the cost of not recognizing adequate. NOT how much the lovely table cloth cost, but the cost of not taking care of our brothers and sisters who are RIGHT NOW sitting at our door begging for a scrap, like Lazarus....and we do not see them. Somehow, with an unconscious dribble here and there, we find the tablecloth more important than the people at the door. We have adequate evidence. WE do not see.
You know you are where you belong when God speaks to you there. Is God speaking to you? When did we stop hearing the voice? When did we stop noticing? When does God speak to me? Is God speaking or not? It is that simple. It is like the lovely music that our Sr. Krista traditionally plays on the feast of the Epiphany....the note that plays the star....we get used to it until it disappears....when did it disappear? Where did we leave it? How can we find it again?