Is Your Life With Illness Full or Empty?

full-or-emptyLife with illness can be full or empty, depending on where you turn for strength. Vicki explains.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Two beeps interrupted the worship song on my car radio. In the ten years I’ve owned the car, I’d never heard that sound.

What was that?!

I spotted a red light on my gas gauge. The meter pointed to ‘E.’

Empty? Seconds ago it read full!

I made it to the closest gas station, praying every inch of the way.

I’m like my gas gauge. One minute I’m full (of energy); the next, I’m empty! This experience caused me to question what’s full and what’s empty. My life might appear empty to outsiders.

Is my life empty? Illness has robbed me of my full-time teaching career. My disability limits how I can contribute. By the world’s standard my life is empty.

But God’s standard is different for Christians. The Bible provides a different perspective. For me, wealth isn’t a measure of a fulfilled life. I know that, “God’s blessing makes life rich” (Proverbs 10:22 The Message).

Growing up I loved watching the sunrise. I marveled at the beauty of it. Without knowing the Designer. It wasn’t until I became saved that I appreciated the truth in Matthew 6:21. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Now I adore the creation and the Creator.

There’s no greater fulfillment than when I’m worshiping Him. My heart overflows with His love. When my life begins to feel empty, I turn to the Bible and say, “Fill me afresh, dear Father.”

Scripture fills me with riches of:
• His grace (Ephesians 1:7)
• The glory of His inheritance (Ephesians 1:18)
• His grace in His kindness toward me (Ephesians 2:7)
• Christ (Ephesians 3:8)
• Assurance (Colossians 2:2)
• Christ’s Word (Colossians 3:16)
• Wisdom (Proverbs 3:13-14, and 8:18)

The best part? God placed the treasure of His glorious gospel in my breakable earthen vessel. What an amazing thought!

Prayer: Dear Father, forgive me for times I’ve placed too much emphasis on what I’m able to do or what I can no longer do. Help me remember that my life is full because of who I am in You. Thank You for Christ’s reminder that, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6). In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 33 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her blog, she reaches out to other mothers of children with mental illness. http://mentalillnessmom2mom.net/
Vicki wrote a picture book about bullying: Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies. You can find out more about that book by visiting her Heart Eyes website: http://www.hearteyes.net

How do you replenish your heart and mind with His love?

Yes, tomorrow has it shares of worries we could give into, but why would we when God says He has it under control? I recently discovered the group Unspoken and this song, “Tomorrow” makes me want to beat in my own box and sing along. I hope it’s message about celebrating tomorrow blesses you as well. -Lisa