Full and Free
Sin is a black hole. Or maybe I should say, it leaves a black hole. It leaves an aching void that can swallow up all the happiness in the vicinity, without being brightened even a bit. What do you do with that kind of empty? What do you do with that kind of hungry; that kind of dark?
Well, I’d want to try to fill it, wouldn’t you?
Here’s what we actually end up doing too often though. We reach inside the empty vessel, the cracked-dry vase that ought to be full of dreams, and we try our hardest to draw the empty, out. We scratch and claw, and sometimes even scream at the darkness, try to close our fingers around it, maybe even pull out a fistful of it, and release it into the light. And the dark disappears when we open our hand, alright, but the vase is still as full of it as before.
Or maybe we’re like a cup overturned, a cup that should be full of water, but instead is full of ”empty”— full of air. And we know that air will never satisfy, so we grab a straw and try to get it all out of the cup. But as fast as we draw out, more rushes in...
I ask again, what do you do with that kind of empty? What do you do with that kind of hungry; that kind of dark?
Well, you pour water in.
Or, you bring a candle, and hold it up the mouth of the vessel full of darkness, and suddenly, darkness is darkness no more.
What am I getting at? It is easy to view a seemingly unending cycle of failure and defeat like a group of armed men circled round. It is easy to feel that the only way out, is to cut them down, to cut them off, to cut them out one, by one, by one. But who is equal to that? One man against a dozen?
Here’s what I’ve learned—what I’m learning, more and more clearly by the day: Sometimes we “cut out” best by pouring in. Sometimes we banish darkness best by striking a match, and lighting a candle.
Sometimes we need less eyes on the problem, and more eyes on the prize.
Redeemed. // Mentor, International speaker, Biblical counsellor. Husband, brother, son. Student of grace. Stubborn believer. Co-Director of Pathway of Promise, INC & founder of ForMoreThanThis.com //