I saw this tree as I was out and about over the holidays. It was made entirely of bottles. Empty bottles.
Empty bottles may be void of the fluids they once held, but I’m quite sure they are anything but empty. Each one is filled with a story.
What stories each of those bottles must hold! Of friends. Of families. Of events. Of celebrations. The tastes. The contents. The sadness an empty bottle can oftentimes represent. 😦
Not everything empty is void or no longer holds a value.
My mind drifts back to the tomb. It too was empty and it too held a story. It held the greatest story ever told. It held Jesus. But not for long! When it’s contents were emptied, it changed the world! For eternity. Empty became full! We were now offered the fullness of Christ’s purpose. Our own Salvation.
Sometimes this time of year leaves us empty. The festivities are over. The friends and family have gone home. We are left alone. Sometimes with the only thing not empty is tha5 pile of Christmas bills.
I encourage each of you this new year to stop looking at empty as a negative. Make your glass half full. See the positive in everything. Even the empty. Empty may just be a temporary state to fill you with greater things! Let’s all empty ourselves of that which is not prosperous for us so God can fill us with what is! There’s a story God has written for each one of us.. And sometimes it just may not yet be a finished one. God isn’t finished with any of us yet.
Just remember Jesus. He isn’t here. The tomb was empty! He’s been raised.
Very early in the morning on the first day of the week, the women went to the tomb, bringing the fragrant spices they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 They didn’t know what to make of this. Suddenly, two men were standing beside them in gleaming bright clothing. 5 The women were frightened and bowed their faces toward the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He isn’t here, but has been raised. Luke 24:1-6
Love and laughter,