by William Wyne

When Your Bottle Is Empty
William Wyne
Genesis 21:9-20

Genesis 21:9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.

Genesis 21:14-16 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. 15 And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. 16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lifts up her voice, and wept.

Genesis 21:18-20 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. 19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. 20 And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

What do you do when the bottle is empty? What do you do when what was in the bottle was that which you needed to be sustained, to survive and get you to the place that you thought you need to be? What do you do when your passions for life in its fullness and faithfulness seems to be empty? What do you do when that bottle or that container that gave you purpose to pursue, and reasons for relevance, inspired your good intentions, gave you some identity, and projected hope and happiness is now gone? How do you handle it when you discover that the content of the container is empty? What do you do when all that is left is the fragrance (aroma) of what was there or just the remembrance of what used to be in the container?

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