Saturday, April 6, 2013

Submerged

                I’ve been dieting the last 8 weeks and decided to take a couple of days off.  A few meals I ate too much and was uncomfortable. Have you ever eaten so much you felt uncomfortable? In essence you ate more than your stomach could handle. You are full to the point of overflowing. Your stomach can't hold any more. But if you continue this process, your stomach will begin to expand to hold more. For me, this is not a good thing.
                Imagine a washcloth that is freshly dried out of the dryer. If you submerge that washcloth in a sink full of water it will absorb all the water it can hold. When you remove it, the water will stream out of the cloth because it can't hold any more. You can wring the cloth to remove excess water and then resubmerge it to absorb over and over. But if it is left out of the water, the cloth will eventually become dry again.
                When we continue to receive from God through His Word every day, we can become full and feel a sense of overflowing where it seems we can’t receive any more. This is when we should pour into others. Once we pour out of the abundance God gives us, then we can receive more from Him.
                We give God an open heart.
                He fills us to overflowing.
                We pour into others.
                God fills us again.
                We pour into others.
                God fills us again.
                Repeat, repeat, repeat.
                In this process, our hearts expand to hold more and more each time. Unlike our stomach expanding, this is a good thing. But like the washcloth, we have to resubmerge in God’s Word each time, or we will become dry.
“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).

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