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Topic: Empty and Full (06/04/09)
TITLE: Empty Garage
By kim hoppis
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Empty or full, that is the question. When the gas tank is full I’m much relieved, but usually the light is on. Empty. Adventure is not on the horizon. Maybe I’ll have a hot cup of coffee and read an adventure. One night I stayed up too late with Elliott reading to finish Treasure Island. We went to the South Pacific!
When I get in the car and the “empty light” isn’t on, I say an inaudible “thank you” to my sweet husband whether he’s in the car or not. And I know he hears me as surely as God does. One hears. One has ears that detect every nuance. One hears a smile. One hears “empty.”
The only thing good about empty is the opportunity to be full. Some say an empty bowl has more utility, but an empty tummy has fears attached. What if we don’t have enough? Will God meet our needs this time, again? This need is big. My family is big. Faith knows He will. He’s the hero.
One day my sweet husband was stressed and I said, “Honey, God’s testing us to see if we really believe what we say.” We were in a get your finances straight class at church, and the memory verse went something like, “We adore you God as being in control of everything.” And on the way to the class I rolled our car. And the following day I was the last hurrah on our spare car’s clutch. “I’m trying!” shouts my dear husband, “But three days ago I had two cars and plenty of money and now I don’t have either!”
Now don’t get me wrong, he was grateful that we were alive and well. Praise God, the babies and I were barely scratched. Life Flight had come to the scene because it looked so bad. Our 4 Runner rolled 3-5 times at 60 mph. We were empty but full. Full of life, full of love, full of anticipation. Empty garage.
Later that evening friends from church showed up with keys to their car for us. Faye’s prayer had been, “Lord, if they’re not hurt at all, I’m going to give them my car….”
Guess what? Our Jesus Car is nicer than the one I rolled. And the insurance paid off our bad debt. One hears prayers.
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