For some reason, we don’t like empty space or blankness. We want it filled.
Or the empty time in our schedule. It makes us uncomfortable. Like we should be doing more. We feel the need to be busy to look successful in the world’s eyes.
And what about empty spaces in the day where you have a minute to really breathe and sit alone with your thoughts, but you find you get uncomfortable there? So you quick grab your phone…just to check…and fill in that empty moment. A distraction seems to be more comfortable than your mind at the moment.
We fill and we fill and we fill. Emptiness makes us uncomfortable. An empty room is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of self-control. A moment in the day to breathe and be alone with your thoughts is a gift, not a place to escape from. An empty day on the calendar is something to be cherished, not ashamed of.
We are a society that has become so uncomfortable with empty spaces that we try to fill them in at each turn. Space in our day, space in our thoughts, and space in our homes. We are unconsciously told to fill, fill, fill. And the result is homes that are overflowing, minds that are cluttered, and folks that are frenzied.
This morning as I pondered these thoughts, after I came out of my shower realizing I had a few extra moments before I needed to really start my day, I thought…fill these space with Him. It was too easy to grab my phone and fill the moment with midlesss scrollling…just checking in…admittedly, that is my tendency many days.
Why do I choose to read what others are saying during my empty spaces when I could easily grab my Bible and see what He is saying?
Convicted. Right then and there.
And I share that experience with you in hopes that I can be transparent..because, boy, do I fail daily…and because together, we can enocurage each other…to fill those empty spaces with Him.
Empty spaces are not uncomfortable. They are gifts. Blank slates to do with as we please…so let us use them to get closer to the Lord, and not closer to the world.
Fill your empty spaces with Him today.
Thank you for this MUCH needed reminder!
You are quite welcome. Thanks for reading!! 🙂
Love this, Karen… the gift of empty… thank you for the encouragement to fill up on Him.
<3 Glad you were encouraged!