Here’s a thought: in the same way that moss will often fill in the gaps between trees and rocks, God so often fills in the gaps, the voids, in our lives. I think it’s all a matter of not letting other “fillers” in. Like for instance, when there’s an ache, a loneliness, a need that we try to fill in a way that is not in God’s timing, it seems as though the void or the chasm grows. But when we bring our aches, our needs, our pains to Jesus, He has a way of filling in the gaps in a way that may not look like what we had hoped, but that is so much bigger and better and a long term fix rather than a short term band-aid.
“Delight yourselves in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) That verse is often interpreted to mean that God will give you whatever you want. But the want, the desire, the pursuit? That first needs to be God. To delight in God and His ways, His agenda, His will. But the cool thing is is that it seems that as we delight in the Lord,…we choose to pursue Him, that that long lists of wants that are pretty daggone temporal, fade away. God fills in the gaps with His presence and becomes the glue that makes those voids fade away and makes us whole. Not fragmented pieces of this or that pursuit, but whole.
Life is full of voids. Full of them. But how cool is it that God can fill each and every one with His plans, His purpose, His presence. I am trying to recognize and get the “fillers” out of my life with hopes that more and more, little by little, what God intends and what I intend walk hand in hand. This walk of faith is full of uncertainties, but the older I get the more I see that He waits. He waits for us to come to Him. Sometimes in His severe mercy He even creates voids to help us to see our need for Him. Would that we would come to Him right away with those voids. Just like a little child that knows to cry out RIGHT when something happens…instantaneously! Seems the older children get, the more the wait time, and the more the weight and the void, created by trying to do things totally on our own when we need a hand. Would that we would run to God RIGHT away with our needs, our voids, our brokenness.
A few ramblings as I’m choosing to be thankful and hopeful and seeking Him with the many many needs that I see in my life and my children’s lives. These years of the teens and twenties are so not easy…a million transitions. But God goes before us and He picks up the pieces behind, and He walks with us in the midst and will fill in the gaps. Praying that for my little world today.
P.S. The youth pastor preached on Psalm 37 on Sunday. It was so good. The psalm says 3 times, “DO NOT FRET”. Do not fill your voids with worry, agitation, fret. We are to trust, delight, commit, rest. Hmmm. Psalm 37 is a really good read if you have time today! I know I’ll be filling some of my time with those words that I so need to read again.
Photo taken in Banner Elk, North Carolina