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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Empty and Full (06/04/09)

TITLE: Blaringly, Barely Beyond Empty, Forgotten Full?
By Karin Theron


The old phrase, pertaining to the glass being half-full, half-empty, sounds somewhat hollow and in that, so belies the truth and reality of living, hope, despair – the rollercoaster we call life! This attempt at a title, to capture the very essence of heart, hope and future, almost seem futile, a bit amateurish at best.... Yet it begs to be written!

Yet, it compels me to write and want to speak, (no rather yell out)! Even for those of us who dare to live, embrace, risk, be disappointed, there is and must be MORE to it than just this!

Empty and Full? Not either or? Both? Simultaneously? Certainly not! Or, could it be that this very insight, holds the key to understanding, discerning wisdom and epiphany? A spiritual breakthrough?

Dwell on its possibilities and synergy but for a moment…It does not mean merely void or nothingness, this ‘empty’, here and now. Bare, barren, blank, vacant, unfilled, clearly drained, fully poured out…Is it then no more than mere meaningless, nothingness? NO! (Being without any purpose and point would be the real scary truth now, would it not?)

So, what about ‘full’ then? Its implications are opposite, similar, endless…Is it merely or totally fulfilled, complete, busting (or is that bursting?!), at the seams, just not empty? (seems like a cop-out!), or does it mean more than spoken for and/or otherwise occupied? Chock-full and saturated, yet running on empty? (We all know intimately what that balancing act requires and demands as we go about our daily lives and priorities).

Are we no more than empty vessels waiting to be filled? Or perhaps filled to overflowing? These are juxtaposition, paradoxical, symbiotic flipsides of a complex and intricate coin of existence. It compels cycles we are doomed to repeat with the question rising what and how we learn from it all? Where is the joy in this ‘act’? (There has to be more to it than that, right?!)

Even the earth, the birth-womb of life as we know and acknowledge it, at some point pregnant with creation, life itself was…”formless, empty with darkness over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters”, (Genesis, 1:2, NIV).

Have you ever felt empty-handed, with nothing to give, no words to fill the painful gaps, chasms and pregnant silences of shock, threat, disappointment, pain, grief, loss, struggle?

Empty cisterns with no living waters, no quenching drink that lasts, but the wonders and miracles God works in and through out lives, are what counts and matters most. Assured that the work that God begins and works in each of our lives and realities (regardless of the challenges), will never return to his throne and heart empty, can and might sound somewhat hollow.

Oh, God we stand before your throne al-be-it empty-handed, knowingly, that we should not, could not and dare not, on our own, with nothing, but we do, for Jesus’ sake and because He did not come and go empty-handed!

Edified to emptiness, the journey and learning throughout life continues. Empty jars, places, faces, words, chests, notions. Empty pleas, boasting and talk, arguments and lies fill us, and/or run us dry… empty stomachs, empty nets, an empty way of life have all become our diet, habit, complacency and comfort zone. We need depth of understanding and wisdom, discernment when it comes to this delicate ‘dance’.

The undeniable echoes of truths and equilibrium, from the pages of old-and fulfilled prophesies, God’s living word resounds, through his mouthpiece Isaiah 55:11, (NIV) - so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Bringing us to the empty tomb, so aptly worded in scripture. John 20:1, (NIV): “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.” How will the Saviour find us? Barely, beyond empty, forgotten full? Whether dry, empty, filled or overflowing, or all of the above, living-journeys, spiritual growth and life-paths are better for realizing and leveraging it!

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Rachel Burkum06/16/09
I smiled as I read this. While my brain hurt just a little with all the synonyms, I found the "over-use" proved your points well. ;) So much to ponder, think about, and dwell on!