I was musing recently about a phrase that walked across my mind from a Paul Simon song about the girl with Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes. In his lyric about the rich girl and the poor boy, he uses interesting metaphors. There are moments when I’ve felt “empty as a pocket” when I was struggling to feel whole and alive again. It’s an unwelcome feeling that creeps into my system when I least expect it. All is well, and then from nowhere I’m a socket where nothing ever gets plugged in, an invisible woman nobody sees, a human being who is “empty as a pocket.”
The truth is, however, that I’m a rich girl with diamonds on the soles of my shoes acting like I’m empty as a pocket. This view of myself doesn’t fit the view God intends for me and it reminds me of a meditation I did once that went like this.
I was walking on the beach and Jesus was walking toward me pulling a little red Radio Flyer wagon. The wagon was full of money and He was bringing some to me. Just as I got close to Him, a stranger ran up and grabbed the little red wagon and ran off with it. I was so upset thinking someone had taken my provision from the Lord. When I got to Him, Jesus looked at me and as I was about to protest about what to do next, He just smiled and stepping aside so I could see behind Him, He showed me that right behind Him was another wagon of money, and another and another, as far as I could see down the beach. He laughed at the man who stole the wagon and said to me that we don’t have to steal His provision because there’s always more where that came from.
It was a helpful reminder of where my supply in this world really is. The mini “theologian” in me believes my empty as a pocket feeling is caused by realizing I’m separate from my Creator, who is my supply and my provision.
If you’ve ever been “empty as a pocket” where you’re not sure how to get renewed or uplifted, then take a peek in your closet and pull out those shoes…you know, the ones with the diamonds on the soles. You’ve got them. You’ve been walking on them ever since you put your hand in God’s pocket and signed up to walk the way with Him.
Let’s walk today, sparkling with the joy of knowing we have each other, living in a multi-faceted world where love is abundant, work overflows, challenges keep us strong and hope keeps us moving forward. The truth is our pockets are full and we have every reason to stay connected, visible to each other and fully alive. Go on and sparkle today…you’re beautiful when you’re radiant!
Remember that thieves can’t really steal anything from you, for “All things work together for good to them that love God.” Romans 8:28