FILLING THE EMPTY SPOT

Filling the emptiness

PICKY EATER

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

FULL LIFE

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.

BUSYNESS

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.

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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

NO SATISFACTION

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?

EMPTY

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.

16 thoughts on “FILLING THE EMPTY SPOT

  1. Wow! Your writing is anointed Vickie!

    I have been struggling with this, last night even. Robb was gone. Kids were in bed. I thought to myself….. Should I study the word/spend time in prayer? Too often my response is…yes; I will after I finish this TV program I recorded…..then I will take the time to spend 1:1 time with God.

    I’m guilty of filling up what little time I have with junk…..
    This blog is confirmation of
    what God has been speaking to my heart.

    Thank you for sharing these blogs.

  2. Two verses with footnotes from The Recovery Version.

    Praise The Lord that Christ (as the Spirit) in us is the Hope!

    Zechariah 12:1   The burden of the word of Jehovah concerning Israel. Thus declares Jehovah, who astretches forth the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him,

    Footnote on spirit:
    In His creation God made three crucial, equally important items — the heavens, the earth, and the spirit of man. The heavens are for the earth, the earth is for man, and man was created by God with a spirit that he may contact God, receive God, worship God, live God, fulfill God’s purpose for God, and be one with God. In His economy God planned to have Christ as the centrality and universality of His move on earth. For His chosen people, who would care for Him as the Creator and as the Redeemer, there was the need for Him to create a receiving organ so that they would have the capacity to receive all that God had planned for Christ to be. Hence, this book charges us to pay full attention to our human spirit, that we may receive the Christ revealed in this book and may understand all that is revealed therein concerning Him

    Philippians 4:23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

    Footnote on spirit:

    ur regenerated spirit, which is indwelt by the Spirit of Christ. It is in this spirit of ours that we experience and enjoy Christ as Paul did.
    This book, which is concerned with the experience of Christ, points out to us at the beginning, in ch. 1, that it is the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ that enables us to live Christ, even to magnify Christ under any circumstances, that we may enjoy Him as the uttermost salvation. Here, at the end of the book, we are told that our experience and enjoyment of Christ must take place in our spirit, which has been regenerated to be the dwelling place and vessel of the Triune God. Therefore, this is altogether a matter of the union and mingling of the processed Triune God, who has become the all-inclusive life-giving Spirit, and the spirit of us, the tripartite men, who are being transformed by such a Spirit. We must live and act in our wonderful spirit by the Triune God as the wonderful Spirit. Only then can we experience and enjoy the Triune God, who was processed through incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, as the inexhaustibly sufficient grace and thus become His fullness, His expression.

  3. When I felt compelled to write to you last night, I felt God wanted you to know something but the beautiful thing about God is, things are never one sided. What a wonderful blog and a blessing to me. God has a way of turning seemingly bad circumstances into something wonderful. I have been friends with addicts and I tell them that “it was not God’s plan for you to become an addict but only you can witness to people in the state of addiction. I can’t because it is so hard for me to understand because I’ve never done drugs but you can and you are equally a light to the world as I am. Imagine me trying to tell an addict I understand. It has zero relevance and no reference point but addicts that have turned their lives around can and that is how God turned something horrific into something beautiful.”

    Just know I am glad I reached out to you for whatever reason God wanted me to. Lexi comes home and with the glow and innocence of a child speaks of her Aunt Vickie “doing better everyday and she loks good”. I remember not to long ago someone made me feel bad about myself and I remembered to look at myself through my family’s eyes vs the eyes of the person being negative and critical. My family and God love me unconditionally regardless of my flaws and He doesn’t want me to feel bad. He wants me to live everyday loving myself and showing nothing but love to those I come in contact with. So if you ever feel bad, don’t look through your eyes, use God’s or your family’s eyes….use Lexi’s eyes and say “I’m looking and feeling good today because Lexi said so.” 🙂

  4. Love your sermons….(yes, you’re “preaching” and we’re listening. God is speaking through you to teach us His truths – thank you for opening your heart and being His spokeswoman.) When I read “Empty Spot” I remembered all the times I’ve filled my time with junk – but the Lord has shown me that nothing can satisfy like His word and time with Him. (Better late than never!).

    I’m praying that today is a great day for you, and that you feel the love and prayers of all who lift you up to the Lord. I’ve always admired you; now I appreciate and love you, Vickie. Please keep pouring God’s messages to us through your blog!

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