EMPTY TANK

 

BY:  Lynne Dyer

E-MAIL ADDRESS:  lynneldyer@att.net

BIBLE TEXT:  Luke 1:53 (NLT):  He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands.

PERSONAL REFLECTION: Do you ever have those days where you are just on it? You wake up before the alarm goes off and spring out of bed. Shower. Check.  Quiet time; pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Check check. Household chores. Get to work early and accomplish huge things all day. Great dinner on the table. More household chores. Check check check check.

These days have been few and far between for me in the past few years so they tend to stick in my memory when I have them.

I confess that I am one of those people who wakes up before my alarm goes off, but rarely do I spring up ready-to-go anymore. Blame it on age, lack of exercise, or responsibilities. Whatever. I mourn the loss of those “on it” days and long for my resurgence. Cars don’t run on empty tanks and neither do I. Or do I?

Over my lifetime I have prayed to be emptied of me and filled up with the Holy Spirit at least a million times. I didn’t learn to pray this until I realized that I (and those around me) were better off if I was less me and more Jesus. That prayer is a two-step process. Empty tank. Refill tank. The prayer is only completely effective if I recognize the me that needs to be drained before refilling.

And then it hit me. God best fills my tank when it is truly empty, when there is no me left to be drained. I will still pray to be emptied and refilled, and I will thank God for His blessings. But as those seasons come when the tank is already empty, I will rejoice, because only then can I be filled to the brim with Him!

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”  –Matthew 5:3 (NLT)

PRAYERDear God,

Thank you for the times that you allow me to come to the end of myself because only then can I be most filled by You.  I am so grateful that Your Power works best in my weakness because I am overwhelmed by my own weakness.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lynne is the wife of Ronnie and mother to Rachel and Matthew.  She has just completed seventeen years of homeschooling and is moving into the next season God has for her.

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