Finding Fulfillment in My Life

Finding Fulfillment in My Life

Sherri Journeying Through

I think I have lived long enough to learn (although it’s an ongoing process), that as hard as I may seek, no one or nothing but God can fill the hole inside my heart. I believe I was born with this hole. Broken at birth, so to speak.

I have sought friends and things, both consciously and subconsciously. A husband, no matter how loving, can’t fill this hole, nor a child, no matter how loved, can fill the deep chasm that cries out for fulfillment and wholeness.

I stumble often and again, consistently and constantly, telling myself that just a hug, just an “I love you,” or just some extra patience extended toward me will go a long way to filling me up. These things I seek, these things I long for — I tell myself they will fill a little bit of that empty space.

But, they don’t. And having a chronic illness can often make that hole seem so much darker and so much deeper. I feel fractured and damaged. I feel incomplete, as if a part of me is missing.

It isn’t anyone’s fault. There is no blame to hand off. It is a case of trying to fill a hole made intentionally by a God who wants me to realize He put it there and only He can fill it.

When I stop and recognize that truth, slow down enough to dwell on what that really means, I begin to drink His love, His forgiveness, and His sovereignty. I begin to experience His blessings of fullness and a beautiful new wholeness.

I find myself setting others free from the impossible expectations I have imposed upon them, and in the process, I free myself. I may have been born into this world broken and in need, but I will leave whole and not wanting for anything.

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Sherri was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's disease over fifteen years ago. She can be found working in her garden, going for walks, taking pictures, or reading books to her three favorite grandkids.

2 comments

  1. George Hostick says:

    Thanks for this insight…..I also believe that God has given me this challenge of Parkinsons disease for a reason. I also learning to live with it and be thankful for what I have and not complain about what I don’t have

  2. christie rudich says:

    As a caregiver, it makes me so sad to read your thoughts.To know I cant in any way fill that hole. It is not how I planned on living in my “golden” years with my husband, but I have a friend that has ALS and another that has a husband that doesn’t even know who she is after 45 yrs of marriage.
    I wake up everyday with a grateful heart. I don’t always get through the day without self pity, or resentful that this has happened to us, but before I go to sleep every night, I remember how I started the day, kiss him goodnight, and say I love you.

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