Friday, June 1, 2012

Out of Gas! again...

Yesterday was crazy! My agenda was full and I still needed to get my daughter to where she wanted to go and then take my wife's car to the dealership for service during my lunch hour. My wife asked me the day before if I would fill it up with fuel while I had it out. I agreed, and she reminded me that the fuel light was on. This morning when I left the house I figured that I could make it to the places I needed to go and get fuel sometime this afternoon after having it serviced.

I dropped my daughter off at her event and as I was leaving a friend flagged me down in the parking lot. I pulled next to his SUV and spent about 15 minutes talking with him while leaving the car running. As I was getting ready to pull out my car died. I quickly thought that it may be out of gas. I briefly tried to turn it over and realized my assumption was right.

The only saving grace was the fact that I was parked next to my friend on a slight decline.  I thought if I leveled the car up a bit I may be able to start it and get it to a gas station. I put the car in neutral and coasted down the small hill and then turned the wheel to change the direction of the car. Parking it on an incline allowed enough fuel to reach the pick-up in the tank to start the vehicle. I quickly waved at my friend and then headed to the gas station praying that I would make it. I did!

I have not ran out of gas since I was a teenager! This was a quick reminder to look at my day and see if I was actually running my life on empty. Has my warning light been on and I have been ignoring it? 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matt 11:28-30 ESV)

Sometimes we ignore the warning light and fail to rest and refill in the Master's arms. Some have never experienced the rest our souls desire from the beginning. Where are you finding your energy? Where are you finding your rest?

Doug Johnson