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Designed and fashioned within each of us is a giant-sized God Hole in our heart. This hole is really more of an abyss.  God put it there for Himself. All of us have this hole whether we care to admit it or not.  Most of the movies we watch, the songs we listen to, the books we read all speak to us of this hole, this gap, this abyss.  We all know this to be true if we are brutally honest with ourselves.

We all define this space in different ways.  This empty abyss goes by many different names. Some call it restlessness, emptiness, longing, rawness, sadness, frustration, depression, neediness. I wonder what you call it?

If we are completely honest we all try and fill this hole with different things work, sport, hobbies, church, TV, Facebook, blogging, and especially the busyness of life. 

Over time we come to realise that as much as we shove things into this hole it just doesn’t fill us up.  It was set there for a purpose, for God and his eternal shape:

He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:10-12

Perhaps it is not up to us to discover, find, or realise this desire, this aching need to fill our heart.  Perhaps it is us to wait, rest and allow God to create in our heart His desire for us.  It may just be important, actually vital, to set this space aside for God, and just guard our heart.  Our God is a jealous God, he desires to dwell in our heart and create our desire.

God owns that space and He’s not renting it out to anyone else. It’s set apart. For Him and Him alone. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV).

So what about you my friend? Do you have this hollow space? Will you let Him fill the space and create something new, something beautiful in your life. What have you got to lose?  Here or somewhere this week will you share your story.  It may just help someone discover the desire that God has set in their own heart.  Stories are powerful.

God Shaped Hole

In my heart there lies a hole
Shaped by my God within my soul

In my soul there is lack
Shaped by my mind when painted black

This black is only cast at night
As shadows only fall from light

As I craft my words of royal blue
They fall on my colour palette new

God makes me whole within my heart
And creates in me his work of art

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Sometimes in life everything you do seems to go wrong. Your faith may be strong and your commitment deep, yet trouble will come knocking on your door. Try as you might you may not just be able to pray these troubles away.

It may be that God has a purpose for not allowing you to be on top of your game and successful all of the time. Growth requires seasons of struggle as well as seasons of success. Seasons of struggle destroy pride and dependence in your own strength and ability, and increase your dependence on God.  These experiences can be very hard and humbling experiences, but I think we may just need them.

Life can sometimes be a bit like a tree,  in winter it lies dormant renewing its strength, preparing for the next season of fruitfulness.  As you look back on your life’s successes and challenges you will notice that they are seasonal. There are seasons of rain as well as sunshine, seasons of despair and as well as hope. Each season serves a purpose.   Sometimes the situation doesn’t call for any action, it calls for patience and trust and falling into God.

God’s ways are not our ways. Perhaps in ways we cannot understand, God uses these times to work on us.

Open Season

There’s a tree outside my house
The branches are all bare
It shivers in the cold
And aching midnight air

In winter the tree is pruned
It looks so different from before
Some would say so broken
So desolate and poor

The pruning now has finished
Its wounds are weeping sores
But deep within its restless soul
Its heart has been restored

It knows the seasons well
And that winter leads to spring
New life, new growth, a brand new hope
Death has lost its sting

 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,  while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.  ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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