The Holes that Make us Whole

Wednesday, November 20, 2013




This year God has stripped me down to the bare bones.  Huge chunks of my life were torn away.  Relationships severed.  Status changed.  My PR at an all time low.  Gaping wounds yet to be healed.  And yet,there is no lack of His love. He has walked me through it all.  Not that I am whole by any stretch of the imagination.  We become whole through the holes in our lives. It is in the stripping down that He builds us up.

The Israelites had a year like mine (let's just say several years).  Their status changed.  No longer favored by a Pharaoh. They became slaves, and their relationship with the Egyptians caused them great grief. Gaping wounds? I am sure a few wore them on their backs.  Yet, it was the holes that would make them whole and take them to their Promised Land.  Those places of deep need become the place where God meets us.  We lack no good thing when He takes us, strips us, and move us into the Wilderness.

The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.  Deuteronomy 2:7

He takes the holes of our lives.  The sufferings. The relational upsets. The sickness.  The emotional turmoil.  The need.  And fills them as we move into our Promised Land....a land where we don't lack.

For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills;  a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey;  a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.  Deuteronomy 8:7-9

I am grateful for Him... The Filler of Holes...

2 comments:

Megan Spires said...

Debbie,
Your beautiful and honest post really blessed my heart today. Yes, our God is the Filler of holes. I love that. This has been a very challenging year for me as well. I am so thankful that when God strips us down to the bare bones, He doesn't leave us that way. He then has a starting place for building a stronger foundation, one that leans wholly and completely on Him. I have felt this way a lot this year...so thankful God is bringing us into a new land.

Praying right now for you, sister. Thank you so much for linking up with Living in the Word over at Managing Your Blessings. We hope you'll join us again.

Sweet Blessings to you,
Megan Spires
www.ManagingYourBlessings.com

Debbie P said...

Thank you, Megan! I will be praying that God will meet you in every need that has come up through this tough year! He is so faithful when we feel like we are falling apart.

Many Blessings, Debbie