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Empty me and fill me up!

Posted by appolus on January 3, 2014

The emptying process. He removes the stones and rocks and clods from our hearts and refines the flesh. The desires of the world lose all their allure as He draws us to Himself. If we yield to the process then He draws us closer. I would love to say that in my experience it has been a one time yielding, but no, not so simple. Time and again the calling comes. The deeper and the closer we come, oftentimes the deeper the cut. Shall we yield to the surgeon’s knife? Shall we yield to the sculptor’s chisel? I would say that only a vision of heaven itself could draw us to such yielding.

Just one moment in His presence. Can a single moment ruin us for the things of this world? Is it possible that after that moment the world turns to black and white? Then another miracle happens. As we begin to look at the world through these captivated eyes, the color begins to return but it’s not the color of the world, it’s the color of heaven. Now one truly sees the sunset because one has been intimate with the artist. I can see a waterfall and my spirit soars because I know the hand that crafted it. These majestic mountains and stars that fill the heavens raises me up to higher places than them , to the place where they were born. The hand of a child, a single ray of sunshine though the clouds, a wave that crashes to the shore, soon enough I see my Lord in all of it. I see His beauty everywhere.

Yet the darkness prevails and time and time again it comes against the light . Yet, out of that moment, out of His presence there is born an eternal longing that no darkness can quell just as no hand could hold back the tide. He comes. Yes and He comes again to those who would wait upon Him. How long shall we wait? However long it takes. This is the kind of love that would wait a thousand years. And so we yield , and so we die to this world. And we are drawn ever closer to the next until the day comes when we step over into the world that has touched us and called to us. There is glory in all of it. It is a grand tapestry and we are but a thread. Can we see the vision of the artist? Can we see the vision of the sculptor? It is not so important to see the vision of the artist or to see the finished sculpture , it only really matters that we see Him, Him who creates it all. And when we see Him the yielding is simply a matter of trust and of longing, of hunger and of thirst as the deer panteth for the water-brooks.

3 Responses to “Empty me and fill me up!”

  1. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) said

    “To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God.”
    (Meister Eckhart)

    This posting touches deeply, Frank.
    We may know that those who humble themselves will ALWAYS be exalted by our Lord. That means for example, if we realize that we have been on our own and thus wrong way, and beg Him to lead us on His way again, He is never the One to say, “No!”

    John of the cross, a Carmelite friar and priest of the 16th century compared our way to God with a long stairway on which we are forced to go up and down and up and down until we reach God at the end of the staircase. One might also say, it is our “Stairway to Heaven” (Led Zeppelin).
    It’s a process of being emptied and filled, again and again (as you wonderfully described above, dear brother 😉 ).
    The following, however, is not John’s but my interpretation of this up-and-down process.
    To me, to be emptied means to descent the staircase into the cellar of our own depravity, also known as self-knowledge. Utter helplessness, shame, and guilt which dwell in the darkness of our subconscious come to light and leave us shocked. The ugliness of Satan himself, hidden in a human being. Urgh!
    But it is the light of our Lord Himself that displays our true condition before God, even though we might not understand the effect of Christ’s Light onto our spirit and soul, for it is written,

    “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (Jn 1:5 – KJV)

    YES, the darkness is ours, it is not Satan outside of us. Just think of Jesus, rebuking Peter,

    “But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” (Mt 16:23 – KJV)

    Ouch! Who would have thought of himself to be the offspring of hell?

    But you are so right, Frank, it is necessary that we yield to this process, we ought to accept our own deficiency and let the Great Sculptor do what is necessary to take the next step toward heaven, which is also known as divine knowledge, “knowing” Him, or being “known” by Him. Since, before God can fill us with more of His divine light, a harsh and painful cleansing procedure (aka catharsis) must take place. The Bible calls it the circumcision of the heart.
    As soon as that part of our soul which God wanted to purify is cleansed, then we can make the next step upstairs. Not on our own, no – it is God who “draws us to Himself”, as you said, Frank, so that we might be able to enjoy Him more than ever.

    This process may last years or decades, and it is not the same for everyone. The “Dark Night of the Soul” which John of the Cross explained in his book bearing the same name, consists of two parts. The first part which is the more common to all saints is a “night” that purifies our senses; spiritual dryness and losing interest in things of this world are the main characteristics here. After that night the believer is able to savour divine things more than before. Yet it is only a part of our spirit which has become one with God. The bigger rest is still in darkness. And thus there must follow another “night”, the so-called “night of the spirit”. That night is the most horrible thing one can experience, as John said in his book. It is like hell were open (these are my words). However, only a few saints during their life on earth come to know this terrifying night which cleanses from all things that might still rebel against God. Yet afterwards, at the end of the stairway, there is our Father with His open arms who receives his battle weary and worn-out child that is no longer able to rely on anything or anyone but God alone. Finally, God takes us in His arms and makes us completely one with Him. Then, all things in heaven and on earth reveal their divine taste, so that dryness and weariness is over. Forever.

    “Now one truly sees the sunset because one has been intimate with the artist.” Great! I love this, my dear brother. 🙂


  2. Eileen said

    John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

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