Day 186: Empty (July 5)

The other day, while driving around I noticed I was feeling something.  At first, I thought I was feeling lonely, but when I looked at myself I realized I was feeling empty.  Instead of hiding from it or avoiding it, I felt God invite me to bring it to Him.  So, I did.

I handed God the emptiness.  I told Him I was feeling it and said, “I don’t know why, but I’m feeling empty God.”  Then suddenly, I knew I needed to ask God to feel the space, so I did.

It was after that when I heard Him speak to me about why.

He told me I felt empty because of the letting go season that I’m in.  I am leaving one thing behind to move on to another and there is an empty space, but He wants to fill it for me.  He wants all emptiness to lead me to a deeper place with Him.  It simply creates more space inside of me for Him to dwell.

So instead of avoiding, denying, or despising that empty feeling I will choose to embrace it.  The rest of that day, whenever I would feel empty again, I would smile and ask God to fill me even more, and He did.  I began to feel whole.  I felt peaceful.  I felt full.

I wonder, do you ever feel empty?  What do you do to fill that space?  Stay busy, avoid it, deny it, be aggravated by it?  What if the next time, you looked it straight on and asked God to fill that place?  He never denies a chance to fill us.

Take a moment and ask God to show you any empty places inside of you.  Let His Presence fill those places.  It’s an act of receiving.  We must learn how to receive.  It’s been very sobering for me to realize that one of the greatest hurdles for believers (myself included) is learning to simply receive.  He doesn’t ask us to do anything, just receive.  He is truly a good, good Father.

For this is what the Lord says- He Who created the heavens, He is God; He Who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it; He did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited- He says: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.  I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek Me in vain.’ I, the Lord, speak the truth; I declare what is right.  Isaiah 45:18-19

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.  Habakkuk 2:14

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:16-19