The Gift of Emptiness

The Gift of Emptiness

There are so many things I ask God for.  Health, safety, blessing, patience, wisdom, patience, direction, patience.  Did I mention patience?

But sometime over the course of the summer I realized that IT had happened again.  In the course of the busy living, and the asking for all the good things we all want, and the basking in the good things God graciously gives, I had unconsciously slid into the “I’ve got this” rut.  Or maybe “pit” would be a better term.  The subtle shift from desperation for God to Professional Christian.  Yuck.  I definitely do not think the world needs more of those.  Because lurking in that pit are ugly things like smugness, self-sufficiency, and critical attitudes all slithering around their Big Daddy, Pride.  Not the kind of things nice Christians confess on any given Sunday morning.

Then one morning in my Bible reading, I encountered Jesus saying that without the wood-interior-doorFather, He could do nothing.   Not just “not as much”, or “not as many” or “couldn’t walk on the water quite as long”, but NOTHING.  That comes from a Greek word that means “NOTHING”.

If He couldn’t, what makes me think I am sufficient for anything at all on my own, either?  When did the speck in my eye grow into a 2 by 4?  When He said “blessed are the poor in spirit”, what did that mean?  Somehow I don’t think it meant smug Christians who are impressed with their own righteousness.

Do I know what it means to be poor in spirit?  To need Him?  To be aware of my great, cavernous need of Him? Because whether we are willing to recognize it our not, we all need Him.  Blessed are those who know it!

So instead of asking for things – however good they may be – I am asking for the gift of emptiness.  Sounds like a strange gift to ask for, doesn’t it?  But the great gift of emptiness is that vessels that are empty of the things of this world are ready to be filled with the glory of God.  Isn’t that what those of us who are Christ-followers want?  Just Him…more of Him.

Because I can’t heal a sick child, but He can.  I can’t comfort a grieving friend, but He can.  I can’t take a horrible situation and miraculously redeem it into something beautiful, but He can!   I can’t even be the godly wife and mother I want to be without Christ in me, the hope of glory.  And to have more of Him, there needs to be less of me.

So right now the gift of emptiness is looking mighty good…not for the sake of remaining empty, but in the promise of being filled to overflowing with the Presence of God.

Will you join me?  Drop me a comment and tell me what that looks like for you, and I’ll pray for you as we journey together.

With love,

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Christine is so glad you have joined her on The Beautiful Journey! She is a Bible study writer and teacher living in Texas with her husband, 2 children, and all their pets. Christine believes with all her heart that you can live the full, high-impact, joyful life God designed for you, right now. That beautiful journey begins inside you and doesn’t depend on your circumstances. She would love to have you join her on the journey!

3 Comments

  • Mari Jones

    March 13, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply

    When we are empty only then can He fill us the way He wants us! A heart devoted to Christ is bound for eternity in His glory! Count me in~

    • Christine

      March 13, 2017 at 2:47 pm Reply

      Thanks, Mary! Count me in too!

  • Joe

    September 2, 2015 at 9:25 am Reply

    II Corinthians 12:9 is confirmation of what you are saying.
    “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”
    I absolutely love your heart and what God is using you to do. There are a lot of people out there who have a distaste for our pride and smugness as Christians and thus translate that distaste to our Lord. Forgive us Lord for bringing You dishonor. Thank you for going before us and preparing a way. Help us to follow the path you have already cut.

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