Running on Empty

You have a gauge that tells you it’s time to fill up, and you know the consequences that follow if you ignore that little warning…

Stop.  Do not pass “go”, DO NOT chance it.  Do not do another thing until you put some gas in that tank.

The simple task of refueling changes everything, and you continue on your journey not worrying one lick about whether you will have enough fuel to get you to the next destination.

A simple fix.

Not always so simple when it comes to our spiritual or emotional fuel tank is it?

When I get to the point that I feel like I’m running on empty, my “go-to” is sleep.  You might think that it’s an escape, but in reality, I know that often the reason I am puttering along like I am about to crawl to a stop is directly related to how much time I have taken to rest.

Rest can be physical, emotional or spiritual–and often all three are closely tied together.  Sometimes I just need a long night in my own bed; other times it might be that I am craving a much-needed break from the cares of this world.

Spending time in God’s presence can mean time in The Word, but it might be just time alone with Him while you walk or drive, or even while you soak in a hot bath.

I will praise the Lord who counsels me–even at night my conscience instructs me. I keep the Lord in mind always.
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices; my body also rests securely.  Psalm 16:7-9

If you’re like me, sometimes I just have to give myself permission.  Running on empty is risky.  Knowing when to stop and fill up is crucial.  While it all seems so obvious, too often we don’t see the danger in ourselves until the damage is done:  overheated conversations, not-so-appealing attitudes, and half-hearted commitments…

And a busy-ness that excludes time with our Creator.  The One who knows us better than we know ourselves.

“Therefore let everyone who is faithful pray to You at a time that You may be found.
When great floodwaters come, they will not reach him.
You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble.
You surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance.”  Psalm 32:6-7

I know.

I know you know.  I just think that every once in a while we have to remind ourselves.

And maybe encourage someone else that really needs to hear it: 

“You’re running on empty.  It’s more than okay–it is absolutely, positively a good thing for you to take the time to stop and fill up!”


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