And you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority.
When we look around at the world and into the caverns of our own soul, we are aware that there is a poverty that stings and steals joy from us. We feel the struggle of an uncertain economy, and we worry about not having what we need. We witness the pain of others whose supports have eroded, whose hearts are broken or empty, whose homes are destroyed by disaster.
We notice in our heart's silence, that we have stumbled far away from stillness and are left feeling as sad as one who has lost a treasured possession. We see that we have wandered for some time in the trackless wastes of busy-ness, worry, anger, fear, resentment, and stress, and the effects on our spirit are undeniable.
We are aware that we have not been present to the moment. We have focused our attention on what has happened to us, or what we want for ourselves in the future, as if the present is not full enough to warrant our mindfulness.
The sting of lack loses power when we trust that our fullness is in God, and that we always have access to that fullness. When we believe that heaven has given us all we need and more, the truth of God’s promise floods our soul with a light that breaks apart even the most debilitating darkness.
When we enter the silence of stillness and find, to our surprise, not the emptiness that eats away the edges of hope, but the bountiful grace of God that openly offers us enthusiasm and expectation, then we know that any lack in life is always filled by the prodigal hand of heaven. And we bow our heads in gratitude.
Gracious God, when things seem as bleak as a frigid night on a winter prairie, remind me that my fullness is found in you alone.