This week while on the tollway, I heard a familiar yet rarely heard sound. It was a certain ring that politely alarmed me that something was wrong. Since I have heard it only one other time in my vehicle, my mind and eyes wondered, “What is that?”
Then of course it clicks.
I look down and see my gas tank warning.
This alerted me not only that I was empty, but with perfect timing that I had just passed the nearest exit. Eventually, I was able to depart, but onto bumper to bumper traffic on the feter and the location of the nearest gas station unknown.
Once I pulled into a gas station, I began the search for my wallet. Of course, I found that I had left the wallet at home.
I was too far from home to risk driving back and I had no money.
What is a single girl to do?
Luckily, I could call mom and dad to save the day and use the wait time to read the Bible.
I tell this because it is a very relatable situation. However, in our day to day routine we can be so distracted that we start running on empty spiritually. Because God loves us, he gives us a warning sound, light, sign, or whatever when we are driving through life away from Him.
It is very important that we take heed to the warning and pull off, slow down, and stop. It is also important that we refuel. How do we do that? By opening up the Bible. That is where the Father is waiting for you to call on Him to save the day. Notice though, I said for YOU to call on Him.
I didn’t say read a book that a Christian author wrote after he/she called on Him.
I didn’t say, listen to your favorite pastor online or podcast after he called on God.
I also didn’t say for you to phone a friend and ask them to call on Him on your behalf.
None of the above things are bad. In fact I do all three. BUT, they cannot be your primary source of spiritual fuel. They are secondary sources.
Why depend on someone else when you can get it first hand?
You need to get it first hand because God wants to have a conversation with you directly. He has specific information for you. He longs to hear you submit your prayer requests to Him. His love for you is what refuels you authentically and intimately. He longs to come to your rescue when you are empty and weary.
Go beyond believing in God.
Open your Bible and be One with God. You will feel complete, refueled, ready and equipped to drive forward.
Thank you for your patience and your continual wooing of our hearts. We all fall short of going to you first for our source of fuel and satisfaction. Let us continually be aware of what steals our intimacy with you. I say no to counterfeits and yes to your authentic love, protection, and security. You are my hero.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,