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Topic: Empty and Full (06/04/09)
TITLE: Inflated by the Spirit
By suresh Prasad
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Emptiness and fullness are poles apart. These are two different points of life that an individual can experience. People love to live in fullness. Houses full of furniture, Purses full of money, hearts full of love, experiences full of pleasure, plates full of food
and the like remind us of how we all love to be full. Of course it is a road to contentment.
Emptiness on the other way leads to dissatisfaction. The quest of man is always to come out the state of emptiness and reach the point of fullness. While that is an established fact, equally established is another reality that the road taken to reach the goal of fullness, at times, leads to emptiness.
The story of Mary Magdalene (John 8:1-11) in this regard is a unique example. She chose a life which according to her would make her life happy and full. She was into a profession that professed to offer tones of pleasure with easy money to earn and probably free food and no responsibility to shoulder as concerns the family matters. The good thing in her life is that a divine entry changed the course of her life. She realized what appeared to be full is a mere mirage – an empty life.
If an individual’s life is empty it need not remain so for ever. Realization can alter things in a dramatic way. The incident of the Samaritan Women at the well (John 4:7-26) best illustrates it how. The walking of woman to the well with an empty vessel ironically indicates the empty life she was experiencing. She too had a wrong conception of fullness. She walked with an empty vessel under her arm and against the hip. This was how pots were carried to the well in the Eastern countries. This position kept the pot close to the carrier’s heart. Thus the empty pot that she carried could be the empty heart she bore because of the live she lived.
Empty tyres cannot carry a car to the intended place. It should be inflated. Empty hearts cannot carry a soul to the desired destiny. It should be inflated by the Spirit of God. The heart that is thus filled experiences peace, happiness and contentment.
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