Running on empty is terrible for a motor. I had been told to never let my gas tank get below 1/8th a tank. Supposedly there can be junk that settles in the bottom of the tank and it can enter the fuel lines. Or, maybe it is because if I let it get too low then I might run out. Was it because it is bad for a diesel motor to run out of gas and it causes something to dry out? I just can't remember!
I don't know.
I don't care.
I just obey and never run out of gas, then if any of it is true I won't ruin the motor or be stuck on the side of the road.
So often we do this to ourselves or other times our circumstances change and cause a huge leak in our emotional, physical, and spiritual gas tank.
- we work hard for so long with no break
- sick kids for days and even weeks
- family problems that don't seem to resolve
- financial woes that plague our every waking moment
- an injured spouse
- an elderly parent needs more help
- drama in our family or work place or both
It may be a huge leak or maybe a small, dripping one. If it isn't a leak then we are just plain ol' pushing ourselves to the limit, our gauge is moving to E at a rapid pace. Either way we feel ourselves getting close to empty.
Most the time my husband or son fill up my gas tank. Usually, I just jump in our van or truck and head out down the road. There are many times, if not most, that I don't even look at the gas gauge.
I just trust they fill it for me.
Whose job is it to fill us back up?
- Are we responsible to refresh ourselves physically, spiritually, and mentally?
- Should our loved ones help us get out of the dumps and fill us up?
- A good book?
Some of these people and things can put some of the gas back in us when we are running low while others on the list may destroy us and push us below empty and even burn up our motor.
Ultimately Jesus is the only one that can fill us up. When we are running on low we need to turn to God for help.
Not only will He fill us up with living water He will fill up a spare tank so we have some to give to others. He is there with us in the valleys and on the mountain tops. He will fill us with His Love, His Provision, His Comfort, His Desires, His Strength, and so much more.