We are a one income family, and now that my husband hurt his arm and is off for two weeks, that is going to make things even that much tighter, financially. Being in this situation, I sin big time. I confess that I continually covet people who can keep a full gas tank in their vehicle and top it off with a few dollars, rather than an empty tank and put in a few dollars at a time. Nowadays, we are continually running our gas tank on empty.
I’ve been observing a young friend’s posts on Facebook, and she reminds me of our gas tank. Her posts are ‘filled’ with ’emptiness.’ Her posts are filled with shattered hope, broken relationships, longing to belong to someone, searching for purpose, wandering, desire to be loved unconditionally, unfulfilled dreams. Unfortunately, she is trying to fill that void with sinful pursuits and people.
Just plain emptiness.
I was praying with a friend this morning and was led to pray thanksgiving for the emptiness of this world, the emptiness we have inside, the emptiness of life on earth. I can be thankful for the emptiness, because, just like this young lady, I too, used to be ‘filled’ with ’emptiness.’ I searched and searched to find that which would satisfy until one day a very wise person asked me, “Who was Jesus? He was either a liar, a lunatic…or…Lord.”
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up a mountain and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them: “Blessed are those who recognize they are spiritually helpless. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them. Blessed are those who mourn. They will be comforted. Blessed are those who are gentle. They will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for God’s approval. They will be satisfied.
In other words, “Blessed are the empty, for they will be filled!” And it’s all because of Jesus; His life, death, and rising again for the forgiveness of our sins.
Jesus, I have told my young friend about you. I have tried to tell her that you are the only thing that will fill the emptiness. So far she hasn’t listened. I pray that she would remember and be filled with the knowledge of you so that her emptiness will be filled with what is really missing; You. Amen, Jesus.