The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “empty.” (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:
Well, with Easter coming up, the most obvious reference to “empty” is the empty tomb left behind after Jesus’ resurrection. And yet, I don’t want to focus on the empty tomb today as much as what that means for us now, in our own lives as Christ-followers.
Because I’m sure we’ve all been there at times in our lives–feeling empty or drained or just “blah.” I had quite a few years there myself where I felt like I was just wandering through life, passionless. That emptiness inside can tend to eat away at you and take away the joy in life.
“Jesus taught many things to his disciples-wisdom, courage, faithfulness, and more–but he most certainly wanted them to be happy. Ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full…I have come that you may have life and that abundantly..These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (Sabbath Rest).
In all this, I am also reminded of the movie, Pollyanna, and a scene where the fire-and-brimstone preacher comes to Pollyanna with great excitement after discovering the great number of “happy texts” in the Bible which she had told him about (826 to be exact!). And I am also reminded of the change this discovery ended up making in this preacher’s life.
Therefore, may we not just seek an answer to that gnawing emptiness we can sometimes feel inside (an answer I believe is found only in the person of Jesus Christ) but may we also seek out the “fullness of joy” that comes with it all (Psalm 16:11).