Across the pond, at the train stations, there are messages that say, “mind the gap.” The gap they are referring to is that relatively small stretch between the train station platform and the train itself. The signs are simply warning you to not step in the hole. Because, you know, holes are dangerous! Of course, my brain took this in an entirely different direction…it made me think about gaps in life.
I think, by the very nature of the world we live in, that gaps are inevitable. You know….you and your husband don’t talk like you used to. Your job doesn’t fulfill you like it once did. Your church no longer meets your needs. A loved one becomes distant. In each of these circumstances, what once was and is no more leaves an empty space behind. Sometimes it’s temporary and sometimes it’s permanent. But, all times it can be painful.
The obvious gap filler is this: God! Duh. Our first response should always be to reach out to the One Who created us and ask Him to fill our empty spaces. He will always meet our needs, He will never leave us or forsake us. (Trust me, it says so in His Word.) Sometimes, though, in His graciousness, He sends another person or thing to mind the gap.
God made it clear to my heart as a young married woman that my sweet husband can’t be everything I need. We are made for relationship…and not just with one person! Friends have been God’s answer to those gaps. And, inevitably, friendships change. When one friend can no longer fill the gap they were sent to fill, God sends another one, just in time. Some gap fillers are temporary, seasonal, and stay only long enough for the gap to be closed back in. Others, however, are long term and stick around. How thankful I am for those gap fillers! For those people that God sends to me, just in time, to fulfill a need in my life. And, on a really good day, I get to be a gap filler too!
What about you? Got an empty space? Ask God to fill it. He will send exactly what or who you need in perfect time!
Be blessed and tell someone you love them!