Monday, August 22, 2011

When There's Nothing Left to Give

Times come in life when living drains you. Family. Home. Work. Church. Everything takes a piece, not even leaving you crumbs. The thought of adding even one more thing into the mix is enough to make you cower in the corner.

Physical, mental and spiritual exhaustion can exclude us from many things because we have nothing left to give. There are seasons in life when we're too exhausted to even look around and find a way out of the pit we've fallen into.

So what do you do when you're run dry and have nothing left to give? The only thing I've found that works for me is to immerse myself in God's Word. Every bit of spare time and even time I can carve out from other things is spent in reading my Bible. I don't stop with just my daily Bible reading, I keep reading. Sometimes I just read, other times I'll do a lot of cross referencing, but I stay in the Word. Other times, sleep needs to accompany the times of Bible reading, because not only am I spiritually run dry, but I'm physically wrung out.

When I feel like I have nothing left to give, my soul is like a hard, dry sponge. It takes a lot of time to recover from being that dry. A lot of soaking in God's Word. If I just quickly dip into the Bible and then run off, it's not enough and in a matter of moments I find I'm just as parched as before. Immersion and soaking is the only thing that restores me and gives me something to give to others.

Times when I try to press on through the desert, I've found that I quickly reach the burn out phase. One thing about burn out—it takes longer to recover from that scorched place, and sometimes recovery isn't forthcoming.

If there's one thing I've learned, diving into God's Word before I hit burn out is crucial.

God's Word is crucial to weathering the droughts in our lives.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose rust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit. ~Jeremiah 17:7-8 NAS

When you feel like you've nothing left to give, let God and His Word restore, refresh and fill you up. Nothing else will do.

6 comments:

  1. So true. Only God's word restores us. That and, for me, retreating from all else.

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  2. Especially loved this part:
    "When I feel like I have nothing left to give, my soul is like a hard, dry sponge. It takes a lot of time to recover from being that dry. A lot of soaking in God's Word. If I just quickly dip into the Bible and then run off, it's not enough and in a matter of moments I find I'm just as parched as before. Immersion and soaking is the only thing that restores me and gives me something to give to others."
    I am a quick-dipper and then, like you said, am quickly parched again. The sponge picture is really good. I will immerse myself in the Living Water today. I am not "parched" right now but know that I tend to seek diversion in sewing or some other way than the Word first and often. Thanks for this picture.
    Beverly

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  3. This was good to read!! I feel so totally finished some days that the slightest thing just pushes me over the edge! I can see I need some good long soaking in God's Word!!

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  4. So incredibly true, Peejers. That may be my problem today. Did WAY too much stuff before I got to His Word. LOVE this post.

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  5. Yes, I've been there. You've stated the remedy so eloquently. Thanks, Peejie

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