Getting Through that Tough Day
Drained. It was completely drained. I put my key in the ignition, turned it, and nothing happened. Once again, the car battery was dead. There was only one thing to do, take out the jumper cables, find a good power source, hook it up and draw life from its reservoir. I could be upset but frankly, I understand. I’ve been drained myself.
Normally, my days begin optimistically. I pop out of bed, gulp down some caffeine, have my devotions, pick up my to-do list and I am good to go. That early morning optimism and enthusiasm can last for hours or for only minutes, depending on when the day’s first road block gets thrown in my path.
When Things Go Wrong
Face it, things go wrong. It’s inevitable yet somehow it always surprises me. So, when my milk jug is empty, my children are unruly, and the check I just wrote bounces like rubber, it drains me. I need help. I need to pull power, energy and life from an outside source, and I need to do it fast.
Instinctively, I take out the jumper cables of my heart and reach for the nearest source. My habitual sources of energy and life, however, are not always the best ones: control, independence, overspending, overeating, and overindulging in any form. When I feel bad, I easily settle for the quick fix to ease the pain.
It all happens suddenly and seems so harmless, except for the fact that it is cosmic treason! Listen to God’s rebuke to His children in Jeremiah when they did the same thing.
“Be appalled at this, O heavens,
and shudder with great horror,”
declares the LORD.
“My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken Me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
Times were tough for the children of Israel. Help seemed distant and they were already drained. So, as I often do, they decided to make their own way. They chose to fuel themselves with whatever was handy, whatever they wanted – anything to ease the pain.
They took out the shovels of their hearts and dug as fast as they could, reaching for control, independence, the quick fix, self-indulgence in every form. It seemed so natural, so harmless, until God spoke.
It Won’t Work
The very heavens testify that turning to any source but God is wrong-headed and destined to fail. Do you hear what He is saying, “Be appalled and shudder with great horror. Right here stands the Living God, the very fountain of all power, love, and life. Yet you turn your backs on Me, trying to find your own way. Don’t you know it will never work?”
It will never work. When my car battery is dead, it can only draw life from a superior source. When my heart is dry, it will only find life in the very source of life. He is the fountain of living water. “Lord, help me to learn to drink deeply from You.”
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