Literature, My Thoughts, relationships

Not Empty Now


-Do not read this unless you have read Little Women


Josephine March and Friedrich Bhaer (from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott) taught me something very important.


I was actually having a bit of quiet time with God and was listening to the song “Empty My Hands” by Tenth Avenue North when it all occurred to me. I was sitting there, begging God to empty my hands of junk: dreams, ambitions, and distractions. I wanted Him to empty my hands and fill me up with Him.


In Little Women, when Bhaer comes to Jo to ask her to marry him, the end of their conversation goes like this:


~”Ah! Thou gifest me such hope and courage, and I haf nothing to gif back but a full heart and these empty hands,” cried the professor, quite overcome.


Jo never, never would learn to be proper, for when he said that as they stood upon the steps, she just put both hands into his, whispering tenderly, “Not empty now,” and stooping down, kissed her Friedrich under the umbrella.~


I suppose it was because I was singing about empty hands that I thought about this particular happening (it is one of my favorite romance quotes), but a new view of this suddenly opened up to me. I realized what a beautiful picture this truly is of us and God. We are Friedrich Bhaer. We come to God so full of love and longing, and feeling so unworthy. We wish to give Him something in return for all His love and goodness, but we find only ourselves. We have nothing but full hearts and empty hands. Then God reaches down and places His hands in ours and tenderly whispers, “Not empty now….” He gives us Himself and then we are full. Full and overflowing. We are so overwhelmed by His offer that it only fills our hearts further with love. I am close to bursting….


In that moment, I realized that He defines ‘lover’. He is the Creator of romance, and He is far better than anything we could ask for or imagine. And I look up adoringly into His loving face and echo His reply, “No, not empty now, or ever…..”



4 thoughts on “Not Empty Now

  1. Sanae.T says:

    If our hands are full of our belongings,if our heart are not empty,what God giveth to us can not fill us,I heard.
    I also read Little women when I was a girl.My mother likes the series,recommended to read.By her influence,I’ve read some Anne books of Montogomery, Laula Ingalls Wilder’s novels,Eleanor Porter’s ‘Pollyanna’ etc.
    After I became a christian,I noticed that these books contains so many christian value at that time.

    Thank you for sharing,Kegan.May god be with you always!

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    • I thought I had already replied to this! I had been having internet troubles, but we got that fixed now. Thank you for your comment and thoughts, dear Sanae-san! I have only read “Little Women”, but I enjoyed it so much. 🙂 I have watched the Anne of Green Gables series, but have not read it. I have never read Pollyanna, and I have only read one of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. I was never much of a reader when I was younger, so now I’m having to catch up, but I don’t have the time! ^^; Well, it’ll all work out….By the way, I did receive your package and I am so happy for it!!! Arigatō gozaimasu!!! They were so cute! I carry them with me everywhere now. ^~^ I have cards for you and Kinuko-san, but I have not mailed them yet. I do not have the money right now, but hopefully soon I will have it. 🙂 I will send them as soon as I can!
      Grace be with you always!

      Love from your little sister,


  2. Sanae.T says:

    I’m so glad to know that you like them! Also thank you for newest article,so sincere sharing.Happy new year and May His blessing be always with you,dear Kay-chan!

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