My Cup Runneth Over
There's a broken coffee cup on the kitchen counter right now. It's poor little handle is in two pieces next to it. Later today it will get some glue and be right as rain, but for the moment it sits there empty and pretty useless.
I've felt like that cup a lot lately. It seems like I've been so full of other things that God hasn't been able to fill me with His goodness. That's what I've been lacking - not joy or happiness or peace, but my empty vessel for Him to fill.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Psalm 23:5
Sometimes we have to be broken in order to see how badly we need the Lord to put the pieces back together. It's painful and it's uncomfortable, but it's necessary if we're going to grow. There's nothing that coffee cup can do to reattach it's own handle. It has to wait for me to take care of it. And I will...just like God will take care of me.
And when the repair work is done, we can use that cup again the way it was designed. Sure, right now I could use a handle-less cup to hold markers or a stencil to draw circles, but that's now what it was created for. If I'm not empty of all that heart-attitude junk, God can't fill me to overflowing with His blessings. My clean, empty, available vessel is all He desires and it's exactly what He can use for His plans for my life.
I'm ready for my cup to run over with all of the good things the Lord has to offer. What about you?