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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Reflection: Filling the Void

Recently, the Batmobile from the 1960s brought big bucks at a sale, 4.2 million – big bucks.  
This reminded me of a Saturday when we took our young children to a car show in Springfield, MO.  While we were there, I wanted to see the Batman of my youth, Adam West. I had to explain to my kiddos who Adam West was and how I watched the TV show as a kid. I left out the part that I had a crush, not on goofy Robin, but on Batman himself.
When we walked into the old Sears building we saw many beautiful cars, but my eyes were scanning the room for Batman. Once I located him, I led my family over to get in line as soon as possible. However, the line consisted of only four or five people, not including us.  
I didn’t notice until Mr. West was talking to my kids, that something else was happening on the other side of the room. The line there was not only long, it looped. What in the world could trigger such a long line? My eyes followed the looped line to its star – a Playboy Bunny. I’m not here to judge whether someone should choose Batman over a Playboy Bunny – man bat or woman rabbit, but it does make me think about where we put our attention.
In life, priorities become skewed.  We follow breadcrumbs to a house of harm. We choose cell phone use over live body conversations. We may even choose replacement people and activities (virtual or real-time) over what we have, to fill empty voids within.
We search.

Saint Augustine  said about our wandering hearts, “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.”

 

God made humankind for Himself  and in that creation there is a part of our soul that longs for him. Sometimes in our search for meaning, companionship or fulfillment we choose anything but Him. But, nothing will ever fill the void that God created just for him.  
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63 1-8 (NIV)
Blessings,
Teresa

7 comments:

  1. Does seem we get lost in what many want us too now a days, those playboy bunnies prob don`t have the brains to talk to half those people though, but i`m sure that`s not why they were lined up haha

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  2. That's kind of sad.
    We can dump all sorts of things in the void, but only God truly fills it.

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  3. Yes, we search to fill a void but isn't it simply amazing that God is to be found!
    From a finder,
    Dewena

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  4. Hi Teresa .. you're right - when we're young crushes were fine .. now there's so many temptations in the way ... new phones, clothes, brands ...

    Emptiness and not being unique and growing in our own personalised way - not clones of a few celebs ...

    Great reminder of our past - can't say I had your passion for Batman ..

    Have a good week though .. cheers with a Java - Hilary

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  6. another inspirational post, teresa.

    the only way to avoid giving into temptation is to let God fill our void..
    only God will fulfill the desires of our heart.

    have a blessed sunday!

    p.s. i too had a crush on batman. hehe!

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  7. Hi
    Its really good to be here, Well thought out words supported with a familiar Psalm.
    Keep up the good work
    Will come again to read more
    Keep inform
    Best
    Phil

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