Empty Vessel?

I’m sure you heard the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman.

Below are the verses I will focus on today’s reflection. 

Now it was necessary that He go through Samaria. So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, therefore,being exhausted from His journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came there to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.  Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that you, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. Indeed,the water that I shall give him will become in him a well of water springing up into eternal life.” 15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

John 4:4-15

The story says that the Samaritan woman went to the well by the sixth hour (which is around noon). Visiting a well during this hour was not common because it’s so sunny and hot.  Probably, the Samaritan women visited the well during this hour because she felt lonely or didn’t want to hear people’s criticism towards her wrongdoing and mistakes. Therefore, she chose a time where she could be lonely and peacefully extract the water she needed. 

Customary, do we tend to isolate ourselves from others when we are feeling empty?

The Samaritan woman had an empty vessel.  Do you feel an empty vessel? An empty vessel is feeling discouraged, sad, anxious,lonely, empty, depressed, etc.

Oh! I know the feeling.  Frequently we have so many responsibilities that we don’t allow ourselves to rest. We keep on charging forward and get everything done.  But we fail to realize that soon we’ll be without gas – empty and unable to keep on going.  Other times, we are are so hard on ourselves that we take ourselves into an empty place.

I’m not sure how you got your vessel empty.  How did you get to that place: where you feel empty, lonely, judge and where you fail to see God’s blessings? That emptiness that won’t allow you to see the beautiful things around you. Just like the Samaritan Women – the only solution to an empty vessel is Jesus.  Here are some recommendations to fill your vessel again:

  • Go to God in prayer and study the bible. Drink of the water that will never let you thirst again. If you don’t know where to start reading, start with a small book in the bible or read a few verses from a chosen biblical inspirational story.
  • Don’t isolate yourself: family and true Friends can help you overcome the emptiness. Tell them how you feel.
  • Rest: It’s important to take that time away from all the responsibilities and rest in God.
  • Disregard the negative: its Satan job to used things around us to draw us empty.
  • Have Faith!  
  • Share with others the good news: the things God has done in you and for you.
  • God forgives you. He is the only one who could judge you, but He doesn’t.    When you confess your sins to Him feel assure that he forgives you. Don’t be afraid.

Pray with me:

Oh heavily father, I come to you with an empty vessel.  You have given me so much, but I fail to feel satisfied.  I recognize that the power to fill my empty vessel can only come from you.  Please forgive me for withdrawing myself of doing the things that please you and keeps me close to you. Right from this moment I want to start doing things the right way.  However, I need you.  Please fill my empty vessel with you.  Fill it with joy, gratitude, patience, love,forgiveness, rest, faith and all of your goodness. When Satan tries to tempt me with negative thoughts or feeling of discouragement help me  1) overcome his temptations and    2) be reminded of your love for me.  Help me be strong in you and that my vessel never grows empty again.  In Jesus name, I pray.  Amen.

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