Romans 15:13 (erv)
Feel empty sometimes? (Or if we’re doing real talk here, like almost all the time?) Me too, girl. I don’t know about you, but I look for fulfillment everywhere.
I try to eat it.
I try to buy it.
I try to earn it.
I board planes looking for it.
I look to my husband for it.
But that doesn’t stop God from gently reminding me that I won’t find what I’m looking for in any of those places. Not in food, shopping, work, travel, or even in my marriage.
I’m learning to be thankful for the moments of complete emptiness and brokenness. The moments when I’m all “strived out” and I find myself in the Word with a puddle of tears, because that’s when He comes and asks if I’m ready to take His hand (once again) while HE LEADS my heart to a place of fulfillment and joy.
Friends, He’s the only one who can withstand the weight and the pressure of our expectations. When we pile those expectations onto the things and people in our lives, the weight causes stress, tension, and even brokenness. Things and people weren’t meant to carry that weight. They weren’t meant to satisfy. Don’t you find that when you look to something for satisfaction and value, the opposite typically happens? Look to food for comfort, you get really uncomfortable because your pants don’t fit. Seek value through your work, it becomes a burden. Try to create something that makes you satisfied, and you suddenly can’t seem to use your pen/brush/camera properly anymore.
I want to tell you to take the weight off of everything else and rest it on Jesus, who can and wants to hold it for you. But I know all too well that most times, that’s our last resort. We typically only surrender when we’ve completely exhausted ourselves of everything we have. And that’s okay too, because He’s not going anywhere. He’ll stay with you and wait until you’re ready to unload all of the junk. And although it would be a lot easier if you would just skip ahead to that part, love and grace isn’t realized in the easy and the convenient, so wherever you’re at and whatever you’re struggling with, it’s going to be okay. Your God says so.
Where do you tend to look for satisfaction and happiness? Does it still leave you feeling empty?
Ask the Lord to fill you up with Himself today.