“Ask A Stupid Question…”

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.

8 thoughts on ““Ask A Stupid Question…”

    1. Thanks so much for the positive feedback and encouragement!

      I must say my heart felt like it stopped briefly when I read the first 6 words…”I find your comic strips offensive…” but what a relief it was to get to “in the best possible way!”

      Hmmm…I may need to use that in a future comic strip!!!

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  1. You are correct in your assessment about bringing an empty cup before the Lord and the releasing of abuse. I need to let go of the abuse I suffered as a child, and let God fill me with something new. Thanks so much!

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  2. Yes, it is good to realize we do come to God empty and we need him to fill us with Himself. I would say I have mourned the past enough and cried enough. What drives me crazy is the physical after-affects of abuse.

    I’m socially awkward to the extreme, I get asthma attacks when I go out to stores and after I talk with people. Even here, in blogland, I have asthma attacks after a lot of commenting. And of course, there are still nightmares triggered by different things.

    I used to resent all this, but I’ve learned to accept it. To say it drives me crazy means that it irritates me. I rarely pray about this or ask for healing so I guess I better get on that!

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    1. Thanks, Belle. I think that there are others who have similar issues that can surface. It’s probably reassuring for them to know that they aren’t alone. Maybe the whole socially awkward thing comes from childhood wonderings about “Can anyone tell?” I have a cartoon planned for that, but haven’t posted it yet. Not to say that’s what’s going on with you and your feelings of social awkwardness. But sometimes fears and worries from the past come out in the most unpleasant and irritating ways.

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