A Missing Peace
We were all born missing something. That missing feeling stays with us, as we grow. We might feel like we aren’t smart enough. Or thin enough. Tall enough.
The other day, at Bible study, too many words tumbled out of my pie-hole, and soon someone was looking at me like I had a third eye. Suddenly, I was awash in I’m not cool enough. BTW: Do people still say “cool”? I think I might be outdated there. Again—not cool!
It’s an ache, a hollow feeling. It might come and go. Or it might dig in and set up shop.
You might try to fill that emptiness with food or work. Lately, I’ve been filling mine with shoes. But that hole is bottomless! No matter how many bear claws, great promotions, or Ugg boots you have, you’ll never have enough to satisfy.
But then there’s Jesus. Jesus fills our hole-ness. He brings us to wholeness. Occupies us with holiness. He restores our soul to what it was made to be—joined with Him.
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5, ESV).
After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you (1 Peter 5:10, ESV).
I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you (Joel 2:25, ESV).
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away (Revelation 21:4, ESV).
When I’m lacking wholeness, He restores my soul. He makes me like I’m supposed to be. He works in my heart, as I turn to Him, and He provides, so that I’m not lacking in anything!
Today on the Meet Me in the Middle Project, a Lenten Curation, we are looking at how Jesus bring us joy and restores our smiles. Won’t you join us?