“We have a void in our souls, a spiritual void in our souls that cries out and really demands. It’s going to be filled with something.” – Pastor Mark Meeks
But with what?
This past Sunday we intentionally focused on 2 Timothy 2: 22-26. During the lesson, Pastor’s comment above just sat in my heart.
I’m going to be honest here. I long for a husband. Sometimes it’s painful. And I so appreciate the encouragement from my married friends to wait and that I have time, but sometimes that just doesn’t cut it. There’s still an emptiness that aches loudly.
And on Sunday, the Word illuminated something about that ache, it’s a communal ache.
Pastor continued by adding that this spiritual void is a natural, human need for love, community, belonging to something greater than ourselves. My struggle is universal, it’s natural. Paul understood this void, this desire and how easy it is to think that it can be filled by youthful sins, things that grab our immediate attention and promise lasting pleasures but in reality are temporary.
But he also understood something that often falls out of my mind; this void was created by God.
Who then would best understand how to fill this void? The creator or the creature?
I don’t know about you but when my $900 iPhone is malfunctioning , I’m not trying to tinker with it myself, I’m going back to Apple to fix it. I mean, sure I can try to fix it, but I’m pretty sure that I would destroy that phone beyond repair before I got anywhere near fixing it.
So, why isn’t it that simple with life?
If He made us, knit us inside and out, He should know how we best operate.
He should know what’s going to bring us the greatest pleasure and optimal function.
This then makes 2 Timothy 2: 22 so instructive. The instruction manual says that “passions of youth,” (as Pastor said you don’t look in my closet, I won’t look in yours, you know what these are) will not work.
The void can only be filled by passionate, intentional seeking of “righteousness, faith, love, and peace.” He also knows that we can’t do it alone.
In verse 2:22b it says that we are to pursue these things with “those who… [have] a pure heart who call out for the Lord.”
That void, that longing for a husband I have, that good and god-made void, can only be filled by passionately chasing after the things of God and only a man that does the same can accompany me.
I am a writer, a poet. I peruse life like a storybook, a tale, where the ending is unknown but believed to be happily ever after. I am an attorney by trade. I am a singer, poet, and actress by desire and gift. I am a member of City Church of Sacramento and I am growing in grace and repentance. I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and friend, all of which I am gratefully budding in.