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By Lauren Harder

March 31, 2020

I won’t lie to you, self isolation has made my life full - full of watching too many shows and movies, binging on the ice cream we had in our freezer, and full of days where I begin to wonder if this is what life will look like forever. 

I’ve heard from many friends and family that this time has also left them feeling isolated, drained, and just mentally and emotionally ragged. 

It’s made me feel empty. 

And it wasn’t until a few days ago that God put it on my heart to wonder if feeling empty was such a bad thing. 

Because the emptying of ourselves [our schedules, appointments, errands, outings, and more] brings us to the point where we have nothing else to cling to and we can finally open our arms to receive His love. 

When I can leave space for Him to fill up my cup. 

Even just the mention of that semi-cliche phrase may have you singing the age-old song, “Fill up my cup,” and if it wasn’t in your head before...I’m sure it definitely is now (you’re welcome). 

But I feel like there’s a deep truth that can be found here.

I believe that God wants to fill our lives - our metaphorical cup - with love, hope, and an overflowing joy not only to pass on to others, but just because he loves us and wants us to experience the enormity of His presence. 

A few months ago, my in-laws told me about a church service where their pastor had been preaching on the topic of God’s abundant love. To illustrate this, the pastor took a pitcher of water and began to pour it into a cup he was holding while he was explaining…and didn’t stop pouring even when water began overflowing the cup and splashing onto the carpeted floor. 

He soaked the floor while calmly continuing to describe God’s deep love for us. Picturing that moment, and the look on some people’s faces as the pastor soaked the pulpit makes me laugh, but it also brings this delightful and simple truth into perspective. 

Just like the cup and the pitcher of water, the sheer amount and depth of God’s love is so much more than we could ever need and discover in an eternity, yet he continues to lavish us with it anyways! 

The whole concept of overflowing seems silly, wasteful even, if you’re thinking about the water that spilled over the edges of that cup and fell to the floor, but to God it’s not wasteful. 

It’s worth it, just to give that love to you. 

The things I mentioned earlier that I was filling my life with during social isolation were honestly just draining my metaphorical cup - they made me more anxious, impatient, and self-centered. 

But the peace I’ve found from embracing the emptiness and letting God into the space has done more than words can possibly explain. 

So my challenge to you is to fully embrace the current emptiness you’re facing. 

Even the smallest step towards embracing your empty cup will allow God to fill it with His love, peace, joy, and promises for you. 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” -Romans 15:13

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” -Psalm 23:5