So what do you think? Laser Eyes Jesus doesn’t like empty pudding cups, but what about Real Life Jesus? It would sort of make sense that you wouldn’t want to give God something that’s empty, that’s like giving Him nothing, like not putting anything into the offering plate at church. Surely you can’t just show up in His presence empty!
Actually I think God loves things that are empty because then He can fill them.
There is a beautiful image of emptying your heart in the Old Testament.
Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord!… Lamentations 2:19 (NRSV)
There is an even more beautiful image of Jesus filling your heart in the New Testament.
On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38 (NRSV)
Maybe these verses together will provide some hope for those who have abuse from the past, depression in the present, or anything else from which they need to recover and be made whole.
Maybe sometimes it takes crying, all kinds of crying, until there are no more tears because once we get to the point where we feel empty with nothing else to hold onto, God can begin to fill us with far better things.
There is another aspect to this that I will hopefully get to one day in a comic strip about how God forms, then separates, then fills, but in the meantime let’s just concentrate on the One filling the empty hearts who, I believe, is Real Life Jesus.