What To Do When Your Running on Empty


So, it happens.  You have a week when nothing seems to go right.  You can’t please anyone, not even the important people in your life.  You’re tired, hurting, a little angry. Maybe you feel like you’re scraping the bottom of a very deep and dark hole.  Yea, I’ve been there, quite a few times.  This week has been one of those weeks.  I’m tried of being yelled at for nothing.  I’m tired of having my “feelings” hurt.  I’m tired of being on the bottom of the “pecking” list.  I want to be appreciated.  However, that is not going to happen.

So,  I have to go somewhere else for my energy boast.  No one can run on empty all the time.  Most of the time I’m the one who has let myself get to this place.  You know how your car has that gauge that warns you when you need to put fuel in it? Our life is really no different.  There are always warning when I’m heading to that empty place.  I’ve had warnings all week.  I didn’t do anything about the warning I got on Monday, or Tuesday, or Wednesday, or Thursday.  So, today, the empty hit and I’m totally drained.  It’s no fun to push an empty car to the gas station.  I can tell you I’m not having much fun trying to push an empty me to a spiritual gas station.  Have you ever been there?

I know what to do.  I know what I need peace, quiet, calm.  I’m getting part of my tank filled by blogging.  The rest will require some prayer time, alright, a lot of prayer time.  I know that God will fill my tank, so that I can take on the world again.  The problem is I don’t want to deal with the same issues again and again.  So, I avoid going to God to get my tank filled.  Now that makes no sense at all.  Why would I remain on empty?

No, staying on empty is not a solution.  Problems in life have to be faced whether I like it or not.  So, yes, I will go to God in prayer and I will quiet my heart to hear His sweet voice speak to me and He will fill my tank.  Then I will return to the problems and issues of my life until the next time I find myself on empty again.  That’s the way it’s usually done isn’t it?

When I first got my driver’s license there was one rule for using the car.  I was not allowed to let the fuel gauge drop below half a tank.  I never ran out of gas.  It I had I wouldn’t have got to use the car.  I can see the rule made sense.  I still do that with my own car, well, most of the time any way.  That may be the problem with my life.  If I would just not let myself run until empty, if I would keep my tank full, then I would not be in the place I am tonight.

God never wants His children running on empty.  He is more then willing and more then able to keep me full, if I will just go to Him daily.  One thing that has always held true in my life is that when I place God first in my morning and start my day in prayer and praise my day runs much smoother. Then if I just spend time visiting God last thing at night to clear anything negative from my day, from my heart, I feel at peace.  Such simple things to do will bring the peace of God into my life.  The longing deep in my soul cries for that peace.

Tell me, why would anyone in their right mind not just do that?