1. containing nothing; not filled or occupied

2.  having no meaning or likelihood of fulfillment; insincere 

3. having no value or purpose 

“Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.” Isaiah 46:4 NASB

I wasn't looking for this verse.  In fact, I had a completely different topic in mind for this devotional and had gone to Biblegateway.com to search for the verse I had in mind.

This verse sat waiting for me on the search page.


So often, lately, I feel so much older than my actual age.  Yes, the gray hairs are starting to streak and lighten my once dark brown hair.  I can't deny I'm getting older - and feeling much older on the outside than I do on the inside.

Yet - these promises!

Oh, beloved readers ... this is God Himself talking to us.  Meeting us where we are.  Bearing us up - carrying us - delivering us.

The reassurance that God doesn't change - even as we age and weaken - we can count on His strength.

The last few days have been so challenging for me.  I have felt empty - depleted - at times feeling unable to keep going.  I was running from those feelings inside of me.  I didn't like them.

A friend suggested that perhaps feeling empty was a good thing.  Like a poem I once read .. "God cannot pour out His blessings into hands already full."  She suggested I just sit with the empty feelings.

And I chose to do so.

Then, like a meteorite blazing across the sky, came this verse.

I heard Him saying, "deni .. even now I will be the same.  I am here to hold you up.  I will carry you through these days.  I will deliver you.  I promise it.  I cannot lie.  I am who I am."

With grateful tears in my eyes, I write these words.

I am in awe of God.  He knew the words I needed.  He knew where to place them so I would find them.  He knew the emptiness I was feeling - and saw fit to fill that emptiness with Himself.

I find myself fairly speechless - which for a writer is an unusual thing.  I don't know how He does these things.  I only know He does.

My earnest prayer is that if you are feeling empty today, you follow my friend's advice as well.  Feel the emptiness inside - and then wait for God to fill it with Himself.

Father God, How unimaginable are Your ways.  Your loving kindness, your gentle care, you ability to carry us forward and deliver us when we can no longer do so ourselves is something almost unfathomable.  Thank you for that love.  Thank you for that care.  And yes, even thank you for that emptiness that is waiting to be filled by You.  Amen and amen.


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