“Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime.”
I forgot to fill up with gas before I headed home from work yesterday, and today I’m heading out dangerously close to empty.
I wonder how far I can go until I can go no farther?
I’ve never tested that in this vehicle. I don’t know how firmly based in reality that warning light is. My last vehicle had a tendency to exaggerate its limits.
It would be fun to see what the limits really are.
But then, maybe that would be pushing my luck. What if I got stranded? What if it was really cold when I got stranded? What if I had to walk a distance to fill a jerry can?
Better not push it. I’ll just fill the tank before I get in trouble.
Like, really tired.
Worn right out, as a matter of fact.
I know you’ve been there, too. Exhausted enough to not be able to think straight. You’ve burned the candle at both ends and it feels like there’s no wick left to burn.
We’re in good company.
Jesus got tired, too. But He recognized the signals, the blinking lights that indicated low levels of fuel before He crashed and burned.
He chose to stop and rest and recharge. Scriptures record several times that Jesus got away by Himself and rested – the pressing needs just had to take a back burner once in a while to the very real physical reality of living in a human body.
We are finite critters. We only have so much emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual energy to go around. Think of each of those areas as being a gas tank. Each needs to be filled. Each is drained when we give of ourselves, and must be refilled if we are to dip into it.
It is the responsibility of each of us as adults to manage these tanks wisely, do regular upkeep and maintenance, and top them up at regular intervals.
When our bodies signal us that we need more than we can possibly pour into one of these tanks, it’s time to do what Jesus did.
You and I were not designed to run on empty for very long. And just as in a vehicle, trying to consistently run close to empty is just flirting with danger – you may get away with it for a while, but what if you run right empty?
The emptier we get, the more it will take to fill the tank again. A quick top-up won’t cut it when you are running dangerously close to the E Mark.
Fill the tank.
Make sure that you are returning food into your spirit and soul and mind and body so that you can stay energized and ready to serve your Maker.
Fill the tank with me?
Father, thank a you for showing us through Jesus that getting regular rest and breaks from the stresses of life are an appropriate and healthy model for us to follow. Teach us how to fuel up regularly so that we are able to do what You have called us to do. Amen.