Running On Empty

Yesterday I made another trek from Virginia Beach to Charlottesville.  At the end of the day, when it’s time for me to go back home, I have one mission: get home as fast as possible without getting a speeding ticket.  Typically, I make sure I have a full tank of gas, water, snacks, and an empty bladder prior to hitting the road to avoid any unnecessary stops.  I race against my fastest time (2 hrs & 37 min) as I fly down 64 back to my little tree house in Charlottesville.  I’m a woman on a mission and don’t let anything get in my way.

As I settled into my car last night my gas range read “180 miles.”  “I’ll be cutting it close, but I’m SURE it will go up a bit once I hit the highway, I’ll be fine,” I thought.  (Side note: this is they type of thing that drives my mom CRAZY.  When her car has 1/4 of a tank of gas left, she fills up.  Me?  I like to push the limits.)

I continued to keep track of it, doing the math in my head as I continued down 64.  “Will it be enough?  Can I make it?”  As I blew through Richmond, my range began to fall a bit.  The numbers weren’t going to lieI was just five miles short of being able to make it to my house.

As I continued to drive, still debating whether or not I could make it, I realized that no matter how fast you drive, no matter how much positive thinking you do to try to will a little extra gas in your tank, no matter how effectively you try to improve your average mpg, eventually, you reach the point where the only thing that will save you is pulling off, taking a break, and filling up from another source.  

Isn’t that just like us?  We go, go, go, refusing to stop, but eventually, we find ourselves running on empty, and it’s only a matter of time before we shut down completely.  To keep on going, we have to pull over, take a break, and be revived and filled up by another Source.  

Only this pit stop isn’t something I need every 360 miles like my little wagon, but it’s something I need each and every day.  Thankfully, our God is more than able to freely and abundantly supply us with the sustenance and energy to get each day.  We just have to pull over and ask for it.

“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
John 6:35 

“Are you tired? Worn out?…Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.”
Matthew 11:28 (MSG)

“He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
Psalm 107:8-9