Baseline Weekly - When God Sees Our Emptiness
Emptiness is on my mind because that’s what I felt when I sat down to write this. I just had nothing. I felt empty like I wasn’t being given anything to write about. So I leaned into that and realized that even emptiness is something to write about. Maybe you are feeling empty or dry or in pain, too.
I once read a book that talked about how “the limp is the blessing.” I cannot remember which book it is, but it has stuck with me because it made so much sense to me. Blessings are not always what we see as the good things in our lives. Sometimes the limp and the pain are the blessing. Sometimes God sees our emptiness and does not fill us. Yet somehow there is still blessing from God because at least our emptiness has been seen. There is still blessing because the limp and the pain and the emptiness help us turn to God and remember Him. And isn’t that right where He wants us? Turning to Him? Looking to Him and remembering what He has done for us and what He has been to us? Embrace the emptiness and the pain for what it is so that we can experience the provision of God, so that we can begin to really know our Provider, to know our God who provides everything we need, even if we remain empty for a while.
As we lean into wherever we find ourselves, we also lean into His Truth. I’ve been drawn to two scripture passages this week. They don’t necessarily have anything to do with emptiness or limping or pain, but they remind us of God and of who He is. Maybe sitting with these passages and reflecting on the words will help acknowledge emptiness you feel, will remind you of who we serve, will begin to fill you, or will comfort you because of His great love for you.
Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”