Date Number #7


The Empty Chair

In my field of psychotherapy there is a term in Gestalt therapy called, The Empty Chair. We often use role playing to aid in the resolution of previous conflicts or to aid in the healing of a particular relationship.  I often picture Jesus sitting in the empty chair.   I visualize Him and I talk to him as if He were sitting with me.  No room for hiding, avoiding, denying….just the simple truths and honest confessions of my heart.  It isn’t easy, but it is a great way to practice transparency and authenticity.  With Jesus we can pull off the masks that we wear.  No veneers allowed!

Today Jesus and I are headed to a movie and Tapas at a local bar.  I’m in the mood for some Sangria and a few small plates.  We are then going to see a romantic comedy (I’m a sucker for those) that just came out recently called “About Time”.  It goes down on my list of favorites of all time!  The soundtrack is also absolutely beautiful.   The movie awakened my desire yet again for one love that I can adore for my whole life.  These movies are both a blessing and a curse because after watching them I often seem to go looking for a partner more persistently than normal.  As I sit and visualize Jesus in the empty chair next to me at Firefly, I ponder a promise I have visited and revisited multiple times as I have waited on God to provide.  This promise has spoken to me in regards to finances, jobs, relationships and dwelling places.  He has always come through, even if the waiting was long.  Psalm 84:11-12 says, “For the Lord God is a sun and a shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.  O Lord almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.”

Ladies, I encourage you to do some Empty Chair work with a therapist.  At the minimum try it like I do with Jesus sitting with you.  In fact, you can even take it a step further and jump up into His lap and let Him hold you.  Allow Him to caress your head and massage your hair as you rest. Note:  this can feel funny the first time, but as you keep trying it I promise you it works.  You can feel the Father’s embrace.  May we pray now for His goodness to be our shield and rampart.  May we pray for the needs in our lives that press down on us now.  He is such a gracious giver and delights in giving us what we ask for.

Dear Jesus~Today I desire to stand firm in my faith in you and your provisions.  I know you say that you withhold NO good thing from the one whose walk is blameless and upright.  I confess my walk is not always blameless.  I know you know that already Abba, but I need some affirmation that you are moving in these circumstances.  I need to know that you care about my needs related to work and finances.  I need to know that you have a plan to establish the work of my hands.  Thank you Jesus for your faithfulness.  I rest in you.  I listen for you.  You are God.  I am not.  It’s in your precious name I pray. Amen