Yesterday I had the song, “With Lifted Hands”, by Ryan Stevenson, stuck in my head. But it wasn’t until mid-morning that I realized I had it wrong! I was singing “with EMPTY hands” rather than “with LIFTED hands”. But then I realized, sometimes that is all I can offer God- empty hands. Dear Ones, I do not have it all together! Oh, how much I lack! I long to be SO much more- a better wife to Brad, a better mom to my girls, a better servant to my Lord, a better Bible studier, pray a better prayer life. There is so much more I want to become. But sometimes this world drags me down, makes me tired, and I will realize that it’s been a few days since I’ve opened my Bible, or it’s been a couple of days since I’ve prayed. And I feel so empty. I have nothing to bring to God- I don’t have the right words to pray, I don’t have a new scripture memorized, I didn’t do a good deed that day, I’m just empty.
But God isn’t upset with me because I’m empty, He still wants me! Being empty means that I have room to be filled with Him. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed in every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the LIFE of Jesus may also be revealed in our body” (2 Corinthians 4: 7-10). I love reading about how Jesus interacts with people in the Gospels. Jesus met each one right where they were, whether empty or broken, but they left the encounter FILLED. “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness” (Colossians 2: 9-10). He wants to fill us so full we are overflowing His love and grace into others.
When my girls were toddlers, they both had an unmatched affection for mini M&M’s. They would approach us with their tiny hands cupped and empty, and simply say, “M’s??”. And we would lovingly pour out a helping of M&M’s into their empty hands. They would smile and be happy, satisfied. My friend, don’t be afraid to approach God. Hold out your empty hands, cupped, and allow Him to lovingly pour Himself out until you are smiling, happy and satisfied. “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God’ ” (Psalm 46: 10). That’s all you have to do. His words formed all of Creation, do not think He can’t fill you and restore you. I know someone reading this feels empty right now. It’s ok, God wants you to go to Him. He will fill your emptiness. He is all that you need. Leave a comment and tell me about a time you felt empty and God filled you. Thanks for reading and have a blessed day!