You know those days when you sit in your car at the grocery store with the car still running, getting your stuff together, and then you start locking your car, but you start locking it before you ever get out of the car, much less turn off the ignition? Or those times when you are talking on the phone, trying to rush out the door all the while frantically searching for your phone, the same phone that you are talking on? Yes, me too, all the time.
I think a lot of people can identify with this. We run around at 90 mph all day from one thing to the next thing to the next. We rarely stop, rarely slow down. We run ourselves down past the empty point on our tank. We are flat exhausted. We have nothing left to give.
There isn’t joy when we live on empty all the time. We are called for fullness of joy in Christ. Not sometimes, not most of the time, but all of the time. In our times of empty, in the times of overwhelmed, and during the “I can’t do this any longer”, we need to turn it over to God. He wants nothing more than to fill us up when we are empty, to encourage us when we are doubting and to carry us when we can’t go any farther.
He will absolutely give us more than we can handle and then hold our hand, wrap his arm around our shoulder, and walk with us through it. If you are overwhelmed, on empty and just can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are not alone. I am praying for you. God is with you. You can fight this battle, you can overcome, you can absolutely make it through this.
Rest in the confidence of knowing that your God is bigger. He is mightier. His love is more vast. And you will absolutely experience His joy when you turn your life, and this moment in time, over to Him. Expect Joy today.
Psalm 16:11 – You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
Isaiah 41:13 – For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Luke 10:41-42 – “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Romans 5:3-5 – Not only so, but we also glorify in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 8:17-18 – Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through him who gives me strength.