[dc]A[/dc] couple years ago, I came to the realization that in my walk with Jesus Christ, I live in this constant place of unfinished space. Almost everywhere I look in the world around me, I see an unfinished life. My unfinished life. Oh, it’s not that things never get completed. I will complete a meal. A phone conversation or coffee with a friend. A workout at the gym.
I complete scripts and books and an occasional painting; even this essay you’re now reading. I complete many things, but there is still so much more to be finished. So much left unfinished. And in all that ‘unfinishedness,’ if we can even call it a word, are empty spaces longing to be filled.
I see it in my heart. I see it in my life. Do you?
Just today, I had a few minutes to myself to just to stop and sit on a bench near the mission in San Juan Capistrano. Before me was a series of three red brick arches, one right after another, filled with nothing, but empty space. (That makes it an arch, doesn’t it?) Through the arches, I focused on the shop windows displaying their wares, green plants here and there, followed by antique white walls contrasted by deep blue skies. The arches were empty, but that empty space contained beautiful colors and shapes and dimensions that, had that space been filled, my eyes would have not seen.
For every creative, artist, dreamer, and follower of Christ, we have to remember the importance of that empty space. We must not neglect that unfinished place. That place in my heart where the Holy Spirit gently reminds me that my life is not designed to be finished. Any sense of completeness I’m designed to have or experience is the completeness, meaning and fulfillment found in Christ and in Christ alone. Purpose, relationship and satisfaction in this life, certainly yes! True indeed, but not a finished life.
The reality that my life is unfinished is the very thing that keeps me moving forward. All that is unfinishedness, that empty space is the place to rest in God’s grace, trusting that He is completing, yes finishing, what He started. He has promised to complete not just a few things in our lives, but everything. The Master will not leave His works unfinished.
So, it is in these empty spaces, in the very arches of our lives, I pray that God will show us exactly the things He wants us to see. The colors of grace seen through empty space.
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phil. 1:6