Aristotle said that “nature abhors a vacuum.”
So do I, frankly. Perhaps I should simply stop vacuuming? After all, who am I to argue with Aristotle?
Seriously, though, what that phrase suggests is that empty spaces are unnatural, and somehow or other nature will seek to fill them.
I encountered a dramatic example of this truism through a friend of my late father.
This friend had developed a disorder called Charles Bonnet Syndrome. Macular degeneration had left voids or blank spots in his field of vision. The brain finds these empty spaces to be disturbing, so in Charles Bonnet Syndrome it fills in the blank areas with patterns or random images from its memory bank.
The result was that my father’s friend would “see” people or animals that weren’t actually there. His wife would have to tell him that, no, there wasn’t really a stranger sitting on their couch, or a cow in their backyard. The hallucinations he experienced were just his brain attempting to paper over the upsetting voids in his visual field.
It seems that human nature abhors a vacuum, too.
We all have voids or empty spaces in our lives that we seek to fill: areas of dissatisfaction, lack of love or absence of validation. These blank areas make us uneasy, so we try to fill them up.
The problem is that we often choose things to fill our voids that don’t truly satisfy us in the end: alcohol, sex, money, shopping, busyness, or worldly acclaim. Despite all our efforts to paper over our pain, we can still find ourselves as empty as we were before.
What’s the solution? How do we find a lasting source of love and validation?
We need to fill the empty spaces in our lives by inviting God into them.
Only God can provide the steadfast and eternal love that we humans crave.
“But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him.” (Psalm 103:17a NIV)
“For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” (Psalm 100:5 NLT)
If you want to fill the spaces in your life that feel deserted, meaningless and hollow, invite Christ into them. He’s ready and waiting to answer your call.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20 NIV)
When Christ comes to live inside your heart, the empty areas of your life will be filled to the brim with joy and new growth.
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 NLT)
“If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” (Luke 11:36 NLT)
No earthly substitute can match the love and forgiveness that Christ offers. When we’re filled with the Holy Spirit, our hearts go from barren to bursting at the seams.
“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” (Ephesians 3:19 NLT)
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11 ESV)
Do you want to fill the vacuum in your life? Fill it with the love of Jesus!
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