Remember the old saying, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Very true!
In today’s Gospel, Jesus talks about expelling demons in our lives and creating a vacuum.
“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.”
Men and women in Twelve Step programs talk about the necessity of replacing the drug of their choice with healthy substitutions; otherwise, they run the risk of falling back into their addictive habits. Not only do they run the risk of going back, but they may well find themselves doing things that they never imagined that they would do. Addiction is progressive. Men and women never just stay at a certain level. They either develop new ways of living or they go back with a vengeance. Nature abhors a vacuum!
Followers of this blog may think that the above applies only to those dealing with drugs, alcohol or sex but it also applies to food, TV, Internet, sports, shopping, work, chocolate, nicotine, anger, resentments, caffeine … you name it! Anything that is obsessive and controls us falls into the category. Nature abhors a vacuum. What we need to do is fill the vacuum with good, healthy, life-giving substitutes.