Most likely, there’s a glass in your cupboard. Even more likely, this glass is capable of being filled. A pitcher of water might be this source, or the kitchen faucet if you are one of the ungrateful heathen that prefer tap.
Most likely, you’ll fill it up with water from that pitcher or faucet. Fill it to the rim, I dare you. Because having a long drink from a full glass of water is like topping off your car with gas. Or if you’re one of the sorts who doesn’t like to drive, or quite frankly, can’t or shouldn’t drive, taking a long drink from a full glass of water is like taking a deep breath after holding it underwater.
And even after you take a long drink from a full glass of water, it isn’t empty. It’s half full. Or rather, it has the potential to be filled. And while it has the potential to be filled, it also has the potential to be emptied.
And it has the potential to be held. You could reach out and touch the edge of a full glass of water. You could let your entire hand swallow it up if you wanted.
Because as you already know, there is a certain truth in touching, and holding, and feeling the palms of a certain Nazarene because everyone inwardly wants to be filled.
And while you want to be filled, sometimes you might overstep your boundaries; the laborious task of filling the glass to the rim with water has caused you to overflow it.
Is it full now that it is spilling over? Of course it is. Because even if some is lost, even if there is a falling away, even if life is but a vapor that is only for a moment, it is still there. To make oneself full is a tangible deed, not a feeling of imagination.
In fact, the most extraordinary concept about mankind is that he can fill glasses to the rim with water. And even after he takes a long drink from a full glass of water, it can be filled once more.
Throughout history, water glasses have been filled. A filled water glass was the reason Adam ate the fruit. Or was it Eve first? Nonetheless, the snake filled the cup once more (or maybe it was a lizard), and upon seeing a glass filled to the brim with water, Adam or Eve touched the leaf of the tree of the forbidden fruit.
A filled water glass has been known to start wars. On the one side, the filled water glass is seen as power for the common man, and on the other, a filled water glass signifies power to the aristocratic tradition of rigid class lines, as things should be. The only problem with this, is both sides didn’t realize they were looking at the same glass.
A filled water glass has been known to destroy oceans. Because we realize the potential a full glass of water has, we need to contain it. Dilute it. Pollute it.
And lastly, a filled water glass has been known to corrupt the human mind. Because a girl looked upon the filled water glass, she remembered Adam or Eve, the snake, and the lizard. And though she fought to fill herself up using home remedies, and doctors, and medications, and prayers, and counsel, and family, and friends — she could not. And so she looked upon the filled water glass and remembered the Nazarene, and she wondered, what did she do so wrong to be so empty?
Most likely, you will fill this glass to the rim with water often. You will fill this glass again and again because there is nothing better than being full, except, perhaps, the promise of always having the ability to become empty.