I am needy and hungry, wanting more. Seeking more satisfaction, more knowledge, more understanding, more input, more happy memories, while all the while so full of demands and responsibilities and ideas and the living of life that I could burst.
In the midst of this day with all of their asks and all of mine, I scroll Facebook and Instagram, read blogs I’ve missed. I underline chapter after chapter of these books, searching for insight and a way to make long obedience fast.
I am voracious, greedy for both growth and escape, yet stacked so high I feel I might topple.
I am filled and empty.
I slow to hear the fan overhead. Feel the heavy robe wrapped around my body, the feather weight of the blanket on my lap. Hush to hear the voice that calls the weary and burdened. I remember.
How the vaguely blue morning sky holds a summer day’s promise.
How the light and shadows of branches fell like lace.
How the river moved so slowly that in places it was near glass.
How our paddles dripped and carved art.
How the girls jumped off the side of the canoe, each doggy paddling her own fine line between courage and fear.
I pour out thanks.
I remember and am filled.
Joining Five Minute Friday at new host Kate Motaung’s place for the first time this week with today’s prompt: FILL.
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Filled and empty… oh, yes, this is the paradox of motherhood. Of life, maybe. And isn’t it amazing that Jesus, who emptied Himself for us promises life to the FULL? Hmm…. love your reminder to slow and listen and savor- and discover the full life is tucked right there, in the middle of our draining days. Love you friend. Praying He pours Himself right to your brim and spills over onto those gorgeous girls of yours.
You most certainly have a gift for water imagery, dear Alicia, Ms. Overflow. :-) Thank you for sharing these words of life with me, for sharing your understanding of my heart’s cry. I love you and am praying you feel the deeply saturating presence of God right now. You are dear to me.
Beautiful words… We are so needy and empty, yet God yearns to fill us. Doesn’t he? Love it!
Lysha, thank you so much for joining me here. Yes, it’s when we recognize our deep emptiness that we can be most truly filled. I pray that we come to that place more and more quickly in God’s grace. Blessings on you today.
I love all of this, but the last line speaks to me…”I remember and am filled.” I have had to choose to remember all that the Lord has done for me, and it refreshes and fills me to overflowing. Have a lovely weekend.
Isn’t that true, Barbie? Me too! Refreshed and filled to overflowing…yes. I appreciate all the love you pour out — I see your beautiful face all over the interwebs. May you know God’s sweet blessings of encouragement as you speak life into others.
Gah I love you! Oh and… TWO WEEKS!
Woot! It will be so good to linger together for a while. Love you, friend.