Running On Empty

finding rest

Life has been busy lately.

Busy with good things, important things, and things that draw me closer to pray.

Busy is what happens when life decides to allow everything to happen almost at the same time causing you to juggle and stretch, wishing for more day than there is time for.

My thoughts spread thin like glue on paper attempting to make the collage of life hold still, as I try to organize the to-do list in order of importance.

Where is the silence, the noiseless space, the tranquility I long for?

The chaos of traffic, the changing lights and lanes, the sound of horns and sirens,  people impatiently cutting me off just to make it to the stop light up ahead.

I crossed off my list, met the needs of my family and longed even more for some quiet time.

The urgent knock at the door caused my heart to race .

Standing in front of me in tears, my broken-hearted friend.

What words of comfort could I bring her?

I felt depleted and empty, the last thing on my mind was to offer someone else a steady hand to hold in time of trouble.

I offered her a cup of tea, we sat in my living room as she sobbed telling me the details of her pain.

I scooted in closer and reached for her hand.

“Am I crazy, do you think I’m crazy?” her words urgent, her voice scared.

I assured her that she was not losing her mind, but I encouraged her to take a deep breath and slow down.

She cried softly for a few minutes mumbling, ” I can’t do it all there isn’t enough of me .”

Deep inside I felt the same way.

I began to pray.

“Jesus would you come be here with us.
Would you bring your peace and calm the storm in our hearts, like only you can?”

She squeezed my hand and apologized for her intrusion and her emotions.

I realized in that moment no matter what goes on in our daily life, we don’t have enough to go around.

I don’t always have enough time, money or energy to get it all done.

I don’t always have enough in me to meet the needs of someone else.

But God does.

He is ” enough” in our daily lives.

He is the one that calms the storm.

He is the peace in the middle of our pain.

Jesus is the comfort for our weary heart.

When I get caught up in myself and my life, it’s hard to see beyond me.

When I’m left with arms hanging down and a tightening in my brow, I’m longing to run into the quiet somewhere.

He is there.

Christ invites me daily to make him my enough.

His love was enough that he laid down his life.

He grace is enough to give me new life.

He sits waiting for me to call to him.

To come and find my rest and strength in Him.

Matthew 11: 28-30

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Psalm 55:6-7

“Oh, that I had wings like a dove;  then I would fly away and rest! I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness.”

Are you running on empty?

Do you wish to have wings like a dove and fly away?

Close your eyes.

Take a deep breath.

Allow the Lord to come and be with you right now.

Father God,

I need you in this very moment. I keep running in my own strength trying to do this life. I keep trying to meet everyone’s needs  and I’m tired. Please forgive me for thinking I can do it all without you. I lift my weary heart to you God, would you calm my thoughts that are racing from one thing to the next. Teach me to be still in your presence and allow you to be my strength in every moment. Thank you for your grace and peace In Jesus name I pray, amen

Don’t wait till you’re overwhelmed to call on Him.

He is always ready, never too busy and never too tired to lift your burdens.

Praying for you today,

Jamie

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2 thoughts on “Running On Empty

  1. I can truly relate to this. There are times in my life where I look at and say “where did time go, it Flys by you like a heart beat thumpen. Why because of my business. Thank you for heart for sharing even sometimes the hardest things we go through, but know you are reaching someone who needs to hear it. Lord thank you for this mighty women who’s love for you is beyond words that can describe. Continue to move her in every area of her life and writings. Mahalo Lord for using such a awesome vessel for your glory to shine through the darkness so others can be lighten. In Jesus Mighty and Precious Name Amen.
    Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,
    Shentel

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