The beauty of admitting needs

There is a simple beauty and simplicity in admitting needs. Babies have no problems admitting that they have needs. Kids are fine expressing needs as well. Most adults, however, struggle to admit that they simply don’t know everything, have everything they need or have everything under control.

Our calling as missionaries living on financial support from churches, friends and family members have forced us to a lifestyle of admitting needs. It’s humbling and frustrating at times, but there is something wonderful about it as well. We have to admit needs. We have to be open to God meeting those needs through various people. We have experienced this countless times these past years. That’s how we got our wonderful little car, Nissan Sentra, that we drive. We admitted a need to our church in Copenhagen, and God found a couple that he asked to be the need-meeters for us. We didn’t know them at all, but they gave us the money for the car and now we pray for them and thank God for them on a regular basis.

Just today we got ourselves a vacuum cleaner. We moved into our basement apartment two months ago and we haven’t had a vacuum cleaner. But today we got one from somebody we know from church’s friend. Quite random, but wonderful. And the beauty of admitting needs is that it gives other people an opportunity to meet those needs. It’s a great cycle where everybody benefits. We were created to give and to receive. It’s a big part of God’s nature that he gives. “God so loved the world that he gave his only son” (John 3:16). God gives, and we receive. God loves to meet his children’s needs through other children of his.

I want to be better at admitting my needs. At times it’s still hard for me to admit that I certainly don’t have it all together. At times it’s still hard for me to admit that I just don’t know. At times it’s still hard to accept that we have to ask people for money to do what God wants us to do. But it is exciting to see the needs met by people around us. It’s exciting to see that people continue to support us and meet all our needs. And it’s comforting to know that whether our need is a vacuum cleaner or something bigger, the God of the Universe will somehow meet our need.

Today at church it was great to see some people asking for prayer and others praying for them. That is a beautiful picture of the Body of Christ in action. We present needs together to God who is the ultimate need-meeter, but we also get to participate in meeting each others’ needs.

Blessings, Torben

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