"But Hannah had none."
I Samuel 1: 2, Amplified Bible
"Something From Nothing"
"If I could write as I would about the goodness of God to me, the ink would boil in my pen!"
Frances Ridley Havergal
Is there a place in my life where I feel as though I am nothing?
Have I asked God to take my nothing and make it into something for Him?
"All heaven is waiting to help those who will discover the will of God and do it."
J. Robert Ashcroft
"God will always reveal His will to one who is willing to do it."
Is there a time in your life when someone actually made you feel like you were a "nothing"? Perhaps someone hurled nasty names your way that demeaned you in such a way you felt totally unworthy. Maybe a spouse put you down or even physically assaulted you and you were left feeling used and abused. Or possibly, there are deep, unhealed wounds from things that happened in your childhood that have not only scarred your heart but your body as well, and you've been left feeling you are not good enough.
We're going to take a close look over the next few days, at the things that make us feel as though we are nothing, for this is how Hannah felt. When we study these areas, our eyes will be opened to the fact that if we look for the wrong thing or the wrong person to make us feel like "something," if we don't get the correct solution, we may end up feeling worse than if we had looked for no solution at all. This is what Hannah's life will teach us. Believe me when I say, after studying her life, just as I have told you about so many of the other women whose lives we learned so much about, Hannah has become a spiritual heroine to me. Living, as she did in a time when fertility meant the blessing of God was upon your life, to be a "barren" woman didn't just mean you couldn't have a baby, it meant much worse. You were "barren" of the blessings of God.
This is why the title of today's devotional is "Something From Nothing!" It's because, daughters (and sons) of God, we worship a heavenly Father who is a specialist at taking "nothing" or perhaps I could say this better, He takes "nothing's" and turns them into "something's." In the case of Hannah, He turned her into a "Someone." A leader. A strengthener. An empowerer. A teacher. And a fabulous mother. This despite the fact that not only did society look down on her, but so did family members and even her own pastor, put her down, as well.
I want to ask you to take a few moments today to reflect upon your own life. It may be tough to take a hard look into some places, however, when we truly recognize where we feel empty and unfulfilled, those places we feel as though we are nothing at all, it is then, we are able to go to the right "One" who promises to heal and fill.
When my nieces were little girls they'd love to come to my house for a cold glass of chocolate milk. They would have drunk down an entire carton of this creamy mixture if I had let them, which I didn't! But I always remember, whenever the glass got even an inch or two down, they'd start hollering for more. I always laughed and told them, "You know girls, if you'll drink all the milk in the glass, when it is empty - totally, just think how much more milk I'll be able to pour into your glasses." From Hannah we learn that "nothing" isn't all bad, for when we are at the point in our lives when we feel the most empty and appear to have and be nothing at all, we are ready and prepared to be filled by the "Someone" who understands exactly what it is we need to make us "something" for Him. In fact, I'll go even one step further and say that at the lowest, most nothing points in my life, was when I finally found I was ready, waiting and willing to be filled to overflowing with what God's will was for my life.
"Once the will of God to me was a sigh; now it is a song."
Frances Ridley Havergal
no pain is lost,
no tear unmasked,
no cry of anguish
no (woman) or bird,
without wounded hands,
the bits and pieces
of who we are
and what -
in spite of life's cruel
we yet shall be."
(After her brother's death)
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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