Day in and day out, life can look the same, and the future can resemble a long, dusty road. It may even look nothing like you wanted it to. You may feel stuck and empty.
We usually focus on that first word, stuck, and try to come up with a plan to move the needle of our life. Maybe we should, instead, focus on the other word: empty. I’ve been on this journey for the last six years. It’s a journey of adjusting my gaze from my ‘lack’ to the ‘gifts’ God has hidden in that place.
It begins with feeding your soul so it’s not empty.
Normally we don’t go a day without feeding our bodies yet our spirits also need fed. But with what? Jesus tells us He is the Bread of life. He reminds us that, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4, NKJV). Every word is food for our hungry souls.
Without a doubt we’ll all go through seasons in our lives that feel a bit desert-like. The heat of our circumstance may be anything from dry to straight up oppressive, and we can’t seem to escape. What would happen if we shifted our gaze from the heat of our lives to the Bread of life? What if we craved the Living Water and drank from that well instead?
Next time you are feeling stuck, friend, check your eating and drinking habits. Are you feeding daily on His Word? Or are you just running to grab a bite when life gets tough?
When we feel dry, empty, and overwhelmed it can be a symptom of the lack we have spiritually. I have discovered when I feel that way, the Father is calling me out, maybe even to the desert, to rest and be refreshed by the Lover of my soul.
His desire is to fill our hearts and minds with His Word so that we recognize everything in our lives that isn’t in line with His. But we have to do something, friend. He won’t force-feed us. We must come to Him and partake. We must seek Him.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13, NIV).
If you feel empty, perhaps you are. When was the last time you feasted on God’s Word?