Where would we be without holes? Where would people be without seven holes in their heads? (Count ’em!) If it weren’t for your seven holes you couldn’t eat or taste or smell or hear or see or even breathe. And actually, you’ve got lots more holes than that, because every little pore in your skin is a hole. Without those little pores, your skin couldn’t breathe and you couldn’t sweat. Without holes, you wouldn’t have any hair either, because every hair grows in a little hole called a follicle.
Holes are an almost endless subject because there are so many of them! It seems like everything is composed of holes. Your whole body is full of holes. Your blood vessels are holes, your lungs are holes, your heart’s got big holes in it for the blood to flow in and out, and your navel is a hole without which you couldn’t have been born. Wow! There are so many important holes! We’re really full of holes!
Just think, if it weren’t for a hole, a 10 would only be a 1. And if you think a hole is really nothing, it really isn’t so, because if you add another hole, it makes the 10 a 100! And if you add another zero hole, it turns the 100 into a 1,000! Add three more holes and it makes 1,000,000! So just an insignificant little old 1 can be a whole 1,000,000 if you just add six holes. As you can see, holes are very important and useful. God must really like holes, He made so many of them!
The whole world is full of holes! If it weren’t for holes, there wouldn’t be any pretty trees or flowers or vegetables or fruit, because they all grow in holes in the ground and they’re full of holes: The sap in the trees flows through holes, and the juice in the leaves flows through holes.
What is a house but a hole in which you live? And if your house didn’t have window holes, you couldn’t look out or let the light and air in. Without holes there wouldn’t be any taps for water and you’d get awfully thirsty. And worst of all, the house wouldn’t even have a door, so you couldn’t get into it in the first place—or if you were inside, you couldn’t get out! How many other useful holes can you think of?
Earth itself is a hollow sphere full of fire, and every now and then the fire comes out through holes called volcanoes. All the seas are great big holes in the ground full of water, and all the lakes and springs and wells are holes, too. We get diamonds and other jewels and all kinds of minerals—gold and silver and copper and iron and tin and lots of others—out of holes in the ground called mines. We wouldn’t have any of these useful and valuable things if it weren’t for holes. The world is one great big ball of holes!
And if you could look real close, you would see that everything is made up of very little holes full of energy, called atoms. So everything is mostly holes with just a little bit of something around them. It’s true!
Everything is more nothing than anything—like the universe is mostly space. The universe is a great big hole full of nothing, except for few things called planets and stars and moons and things like that, which are all very, very small compared to all that nothing called space that surrounds them. The universe is such a great big hole that we don’t even know where it ends. So much nothing!
The Bible says that God even hung the world on nothing (Job 26:7), and that He made it out of nothing (Genesis chapter 1; Hebrews 11:3). So you see, there is a lot more nothing than anything else, and everything is made mostly out of nothing. God makes everything out of nothing—nothing surrounded by Him!
If you can believe in God, then anything is possible, because He makes everything out of nothing—even you and me! We’re nothing and we’re impossible except for God. He takes our nothing and makes it something. He’s like the circle around our nothing that makes it something. With God all around you, even your nothing can be something. In fact, you can be almost anything!
So the next time you see a hole, remember it wouldn’t even be a hole if there wasn’t something around it—and you’re just like that hole! If you feel like nothing or a big zero or only a hole, just surround yourself with God’s something and you can become a very useful and important little hole—nothing surrounded by God, out of which He made everything. You could be almost anything if you’re a good hole—a nothing that’s got God around it—because God is in the business of making somethings out of nothings.
There’s no end to nothing. There’s always an end to something, but there’s never an end to nothing. So if you’ll just be nothing, you can even be bigger than something.
The poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) wrote:
I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there’s a pair of us—don’t tell!
They’d banish us, you know.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
All the big somebodies wouldn’t be anybody if it weren’t for us nobodies; all the people that think they’re something wouldn’t be anything if it weren’t for us nothings!
And do you know what love is? It’s a hole that needs to be filled—plus something to fill it with, like you and me and Jesus.
There are square holes and round holes and all kinds of holes, and it takes all kinds of pegs to fill them, so whatever kind of peg you are, somewhere there’s a hole where you’ll fit. And no matter what kind of hole you are, God’s got you pegged!
All holes are nothing made for something, so if you feel like nothing, there’s something for you somewhere. Are you a hole? Then God’s got something for you!
Folks that aren’t holes can’t have anything, because they already think they’re something, when they are really nothing. The Bible says: “If anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself” (Galatians 6:3), and God “has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty” (Luke 1:53). If a hole is already full, God can’t put anything into it. Everything falls out when He tries to put something into it, because it’s already so full of something that it can’t hold anything more. You’ve got to be a hole to hold something. Who ever heard of trying to fill anything but a hole?
God loves holes. Scientists used to say, “Nature abhors a vacuum,” but I say, “God loves holes, because He loves to fill them up.” Are you a good hole full of nothing? Then God can fill you with something and make you a very happy hole full of anything God wants to fill you with!
You’ve got to be nothing to be something, so please be one of God’s little holes, will you? Let’s be holy too, okay? Are you a hole? Then you’re holy. Let’s all be holy holes!
And do you know what? Jesus even called Himself a hole: the Door (John 10:9). He is the Hole you’ve got to get through to get into His Father’s house, and He is the only Hole you can go through (John 14:6). Have you entered the Father’s house through Jesus, the Hole, the only Door?