A couple days ago I was riding in the car with my cousin and all of a sudden he said ,”Oh no, we’ve run out of gas.” And we had. We frantically began looking for a gas station and were very fortunate to see one just ahead. Even though the car was completely out we were able to coast all the way in to fill up. We laughed and even raised our hands like we were on a rollar coaster as we coasted into the station. It was a funny moment and no big deal at all. Even if we had been stuck at the side of the road none of us were under any deadlines that day; so the incident would have been handled easily. As I thought back over this incident I could not help but think of the many times in my life that I have been “running on empty.” I’ve been exhausted physically or tapped out financially or emotionally I have nothing left. It is crucial to watch the “gas gauge” in my life and notice when I need a break. The Bible teaches the concept of taking a Sabbath, a day to worship and rest every week. This concept can be a life saver for people. We are not meant to run full speed ahead 7 days a week, week after week, month after month, year after year. If you are “running on empty” today maybe the most holy thing you can do right now is take a nap!
Under His Mercy,
Derek Dickinson, Minister