When I was a little girl my parents took me to the doctor because they were worried I didn’t eat enough. Those of you who know me now are probably laughing. They were concerned because I was tiny and hardly ate anything. During dinner my dad would summon me to his chair and methodically poke on my belly. He would excitedly declare he had found an empty spot. I would go back to my seat and dutifully eat a few bites. Then I would let him check to see if it was full. We repeated this over and over.
Isaiah 58:11 I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places-firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. The Message
I can honestly say I have had a full life. I have traveled the world. I am married to a wonderful, incredibly patient and handsome man. I’ve had an exciting and fulfilling career. I’ve crammed so much into my life, I have a short bucket list.Don’t accuse me of being lucky, I worked hard for all of it. I sacrificed my twenties to study and I worked way too many hours over the years. Marriage and family take effort too., but it’s been good, very good.
Somewhere along the way I got busy. That’s not good. Busyness forces us to neglect important matters for urgent matters . My life was packed with schedules, agendas, obligations and perpetually updated to-do lists with no lasting value. Busyness is epidemic. Lives filled with shopping, working, unhealthy relationships, addiction, food, sports, hobbies and other excesses.Busyness blurs the reality of life #abundantlife #slowdown #rest #Sabbath Click To Tweet
Zechariah 2:13, “Be silent, everyone, in the presence of the Lord. He is coming out of the holy place where he lives.” NCV
My translation: Shhhh! Here He comes!
WE ARE LEFT WITH NO EMPTY SPOTS
If you gorge on junk, there is no room left for the good stuff. Stillness and rest are not valued. The TV is on at home, the radio is on in the car, and my ear buds are in my purse. Curiously, I wonder why God is silent. Why isn’t He speaking into my life and my circumstances? Maybe He didn’t think He was invited, or maybe, there simply wasn’t room. His life on earth started out that way too, no room in the inn…
Psalm 34:8, “O taste and see that the Lord (our God) is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him.” Amplified Bible
Full and satisfied are not the same thing. If they were there would be enough: enough shoes, enough dessert, enough friends, enough vacations, enough money…
Psalm 107:9, “For He satisfied the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” NKJV
Is your soul growling and longing to be filled with what truly satisfies? God promised His children He would come and dwell with them in the tabernacle. When His Shekinah glory came down it FILLED the Most Holy Place. When Isaiah got a glimpse of heaven, he saw the train of God’s robe FILL the temple. New Testament followers of Christ are promised that we will be FILLED with His Spirit, like a cloud, like smoke- filling every nook and cranny and empty space. Is there any room for Him?
Only empty can be filled. Who would try to fill their gas tank if it were already full? I need to be emptied of myself.
My agenda has been cleared
My to do list was wiped clean
My health makes me weak and dependent
I think I am right where He wants me. He has promised me a full, satisfying life here. He meets me in my empty place.
If your life seems empty, then celebrate! You have an empty spot.
Invite Him to FILL you with His blessings.