In the clip above, Rennier talks about a nagging emptiness he felt for a long time: “This emptiness in me that I filled with so many things….”

He was attempting to fill this emptiness with an affair. Some seek to satisfy this existential restlessness with achievements, experiences, material possessions and relationships only to feel the emptiness and dissatisfaction seep back in. Others turn to self-medicating addictions of one sort or another.

Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician and philosopher, identified with this sense of emptiness after a near-fatal carriage accident in November 1654. He later concluded,

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each person which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made know through Jesus Christ.”

Likewise, Rennier connected this emptiness to a spiritual vacuum in his life:

“This emptiness in me that I filled with so many things was because I did not have God.”

The way forward for Rennier and Jeanette was to humble themselves to each other and to God. To be humble is to embrace your own inadequacies and need. If you would like to experience a relationship with God that can fill your life with meaning and purpose, bringing healing into your difficult relationships, here is a prayer to start that journey with God.

“Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive you as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins and giving me eternal life. I invite you to fill the emptiness I feel and to direct and empower my life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen.”

This commitment can lead to the miracle Jeanette mentioned — the healing in her heart to have the capacity to trust and love again:

“The miracle was in the healing… I was not sure I had the capacity to trust again.”

You can watch more of their story of restoration below.

When we open ourselves to a relationship with God, he gives us the capacity to live with his resources, filling our emptiness with his love, joy and peace. If you expressed this desire to have a relationship with God or have any questions, we encourage you to try the Your Life With Jesus study alongside a free and confidential email mentor.

Written by FamilyLife Canada