Food for thought…Searching for a hope

you have the answer

My husband and I had a super busy week this past week.  It was vacation bible school at church and he was there late each night.  Tuesday was our anniversary so we decided to celebrate it on Saturday when things were less busy.  My sister in law took all of the kiddos while Justin and I headed to Watkins Glen.

I had never been to Watkins Glen, nor did I even know it existed until Saturday.  My husband happened to drive through it as he was picking up a laminator for school a couple weeks ago.  He loved it.  I planned on just going to dinner, but he is a memory maker! I would never remember just an ordinary dinner out but I will always remember our trip to Watkins Glen. I’m getting off track…anyways…Watkins Glen is somewhat of a tourist town, the state park located there is absolutely one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.  I was in awe of God’s creation when I saw the beautiful parts of this park.

There were 4 tour buses there when we went so some places were pretty saturated with visitors.  There were hundreds of people hiking up the same trail along the river that we were, but there was something that I noticed and when I went to point it out to my husband, he finished my sentence with exactly what I was going to say because he noticed it too. What I noticed is that people are empty, completely empty and just existing because they have to.  There is no hope, joy or love.  Not one person that we saw there even had a smile on their face, not one person was laughing except for us and even when we were laughing it was bothering the people around us.  We went to dinner and I saw men with their wives, neither were even speaking to each other, once in a while they would exchange a few words, never a smile, no type of affection.  Why? Because they ARE empty, without the love of Jesus, people will always be empty.  Looking to satisfy themselves with anything that will fill the void for the moment, only to be let down.  Here is the beauty in it ladies, you have what they need, and I have what they need.  The answer.  The golden ticket.  It lies in the act of love that was given to us at Calvary.

As I sat at our dinner table outside near the pier, I was watching boats pull up, men and women getting off, never talking to each other.  Then I looked over at my husband who smiled at me and squeezed my hand, and I was again in awe that day.  In awe not only of the beauty that I saw in that park, but in the fact that I am full because of Jesus, that my life is not empty, that I am not lost, that I am not looking for something to fill the void, I am not merely existing, but I have a purpose.  My purpose and your purpose is to share Jesus with a world that is lost and empty.  I pray that God would give you an open door today to share His love with someone who is empty, lonely, hurting, or searching.  They are all around us ladies, lost people.  Open your eyes and you’ll see emptiness in most people that you see, you have the answer for them.

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  1. Amazing as always!! Thanks, Maris, for sharing!! You are truly gifted!

  2. Mary Lee says:

    What a thoughtful and touching devotional, Lynette. Thanks for taking the time to share with us.

  3. Mary Lee says:

    What a thoughtful and touching devotional, Marissa (sorry about that!)! Thanks for taking the time to share with us and Happy Anniversary!

    • Marissa says:

      Lol, it just made me laugh that you called me Lynette, its like that moment when you send a text message to someone and then you realize that you sent it to the wrong person. Haha. Thanks for visiting and commenting, glad you liked it, praise God! Have a great week!

  4. Thanks for sharing!

    • Marissa says:

      No problem Gail, my prayer is that we would see people through the eyes of Jesus, and have a burden for them! Thanks for commenting 🙂