I met with an old friend the other day and left our conversation with a thought that kept me pondering. As a wife, mom, friend, daughter- whoever we are to those in our lives- the people in our circle often take something from us. Whether it’s our time, our resources, or our emotions, our like or even love for them isn’t enough to sustain us. We can feel drained as their needs leave us on empty. For many of us, we have found ourselves at one time or another even feeling so empty we have nothing left to give.
I am learning on this journey of faith that the only one who gives unconditionally expecting nothing in return, is Jesus Christ. The more I ask of Him, the more He gives. There are times I have cried out to Him and moments I have sat exhausted at His feet, but reguardless of what I lay before Him, I am left with His ever present love still filling me up. God can take whatever we have to bring to Him- in all of our moments. He is big enough to handle the screams, the questions, the tears- whatever we need to lay before Him. He is the maker of the Heavens and the Earth and there is No thing He cannot handle! God’s word says that there is nothing that can separate us from His love, and it is in this promise that His grace makes my unworthiness beautiful.
The more I have come to experience the Lord’s grace, the less I am afraid of bringing all of me to Him. It seems the emptier I have been, the greater my need becomes for Him, and this is no surprise to our Heavenly Father. So I lay whatever is bidding my thoughts before Jesus each day- and He fills me with His unconditional love, His peace that transcends all understanding, and I walk away feeling full once again.
It is in His fullness that the missing pieces of me are regained and I have what is needed again to love and care for those around me. My prayer is that His love will shine through me in this process and lead others to also be filled by the only One who can make each of us whole- Jesus.
With love~~ April
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.