Jeremiah 29:11-13 – "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (NIV)
It has now been three years since we decided to sell the Florida home we lived in during the long Ontario winters. We had inherited it, and it had come completely furnished. When the sale was finalized, the buyer had furniture in storage and was not interested in or able to accommodate the furnishings we had, but our car held only so much to take home with us. We prepared some pictures that we liked and shipped them north. The rest of the belongings went to friends, to charities, and to a second-hand vendor.
After all the packing, the house rather quickly became empty. I remember cleaning the tile floors that we had throughout the whole house. When I was finished and gave the floor time to dry, I went back through the house that had been our winter home one final time. It was very hollow-sounding, with nothing to deaden the sound of the emptiness of the house.
As I thought about this and that empty feeling, I began to think of how sometimes we Christians experience a certain emptiness within. Though the Holy Spirit is there, something is missing. Sometimes we find we've emptied ourselves of the things we should be doing for God, and we've become self-centred.
To rid ourselves of that empty feeling, we need once more to fill ourselves with God-centred things, seeking His will in prayer, and asking to be filled once more with His promised joy and hope for our future.
Prayer: Dear Lord, enable us to seek You with our whole selves, to do Your will, and to find new life. Help us to surrender all to You, that we may prosper in the plans You have for our future. Teach us never to look back but always forward. Fill us with Your Spirit. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.