Oct 10, 2022
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.”
The Psalm goes on to say He prepares a table before me even in the presence of my enemies, even enemies like, well, fatigue & running on empty. He restores us, He feeds us, He fills us.
When we lived in Montana, one thing I learned was the importance of strategic fuel stops when on a road trip.
We were once on a journey from Malta to Billings when I realized we had not passed a gas station in what seemed like “forever.” We were still quite a distance from Billings, and it was that beautiful scenic kind of country where people love to drive but few people live. There are more antelope than people out there.
I was not encouraged by a quick glance at the gas gauge. The needle was below ‘E’. Then I looked up and saw a green sign announcing, “PETROLEUM COUNTY.” I had to smile at the contrast-----running on empty in Petroleum County.
How often I have let myself run on empty, racing down the highway of busy agendas and schedules, when God finds a way to remind me that I’m in His “Petroleum County.” I don’t have to be in want. He meets all of our needs in Christ our Lord (Phil 4:19). I can park my heart by the green pastures beside quiet waters and be restored in the tank of my soul.
We can stop right where we are and fill up. We can refuel with Bible verses like Ephesians 5:18, “Be filled with the Spirit.”
Here is something else I know to be true----Petroleum is really expensive today, but His Grace remains free and endless in supply, wherever the journey has us!
Where is the gas gauge on your heart tank today?
Connie Sue Larson says (Oct 13, 2022):
Very important analogy! Thanks much.