But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. Don't be alarmed, “ he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. Mark 16:4-6

God can bring about great things from emptiness. If you get nothing else from the words on this page, get those. I needed that reminder earlier this week. I've been running on empty myself for several weeks and my prayer journal entry from earlier this week reveals that:

“Today has been of those days when I have been of those days when I have been so lonely for my son and I have felt so empty. And I wonder where God is because I can't see him working and I can't feel him. All I feel is empty. And I'm not patient about it and I'm not kind about it. I'm none of the things Christ would have me to be. None of the things he would be. And I wonder some times what he would think of me because I don't feel like I'm holding up my end of this bargain very well. But all I keep thinking is I may not be able to see him, I may be able to feel him, but my God is working. And I am not alone. No matter how I feel. No matter what Satan tries to convince me of in my weakness. My God is here. And if I'm empty, then I'm empty. Let me be empty. Because God will fill me up when he is ready. If I am full, he cannot do any work. I'm ok with that. So I'm just going to wait and I'm going to listen and when he says move I'll hear him because he has my full attention.” 3/24/2013

After I had written those words I thought about what being empty really meant. I thought about the disciples and how empty they were in the long hours after Christ died but before he rose. Mark 16:10 says Mary found them “mourning and weeping.” They had abandoned Christ in his time of need and then watched him die the worst death Rome could offer. They were not talking about his teaching of resurrection they were wallowing in sorrow. I think they were empty. I think they could teach me a lesson or two about the definition of spiritual emptiness. But, oh how Christ filled them up when he was ready for his glory to shine through them. He made them instruments of teaching, and love, and joy. But he did it on his schedule, not theirs. So, if you're reading this and you're feeling empty, like this world has taken more from you than you have to give, take heart friend. He has risen. And when you ask him to fill you up, he will. Just remember, it will be when he knows you are ready to receive it. So between now and then know that he promises this, “...I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20