Black Hole

      Many astronomers believe that black holes are big holes in the universe that act like giant vacuum cleaners, sucking whatever gets close enough into their immense gravitational field. The gravitational pull of a black hole is so powerful that it even sucks in light. No one knows where the substance that enters into a black hole actually goes. Most astronomers speculate that it travels through “worm holes” and empties into the other side of the universe.

      Black hole seems to be a good metaphor for what happens in the soul of someone who is far from God. It’s as though the human soul has the gravitational pull of a black hole. The soul is empty and we know that it needs to be filled. In order to fill it we reach for whatever is closest. Some try to fill their empty souls with acceptable things like education, a career, children, or a nice home. Others try to fill their empty souls with things like alcohol, drugs, sex, or fame. Whatever one tries to fill the emptiness with, it just turns out to be a temporary fix. This world has nothing that can actually fill the void.

      It’s only when you’ve come to the point where you realize that this world can never satisfy the emptiness that’s in your soul that you’ve taken the first step on the path toward a full life. The next step is to go to the source and fill your vessel with Him.

      The problem is that many of us come to the source and we find that we have no room for Him. The reason we have no room for Him is because we’re too full of ourselves. So in order to find meaning and purpose and be filled with Him, we must first empty ourselves of ourselves. Only when God has an empty container to work with can He fill us with Himself. That means that we must not only empty ourselves of the sin that’s in our lives, we must also empty ourselves of the ambition and personal desires that drive us. What we don’t realize is that the good things we strive for often interfere with the good that God wants to do in us.

      General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, was once asked what the secret was to his amazing Christian life. He answered, “I told the Lord that he could have all that there is of William Booth.”

      Do you want a truly fulfilling life? Start by emptying yourself of your present life. The Apostle Paul found that secret, and he shared it with us: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20)