There are two types of people in this world – those who fill up their car with petrol when it’s still half full and those who wait until the petrol level is so low that their dashboard light goes on… and then they still see how many more kilometres they can get before running out of fuel!
I’d love to say I’m in the first group, but alas, I have always tried to make the petrol last as long as possible before going to a petrol station. It’s such a hassle filling up that I always leave it to the very last minute.
Only once have I literally rolled the car into the service station because I’d run out of fuel. It was not my finest moment and I was fortunate the service station was where it was otherwise I would have had to go for a long walk! You would think this would have changed my behaviour but no, I still leave it until the last minute to fill up.
That was until I had a baby. Finding the opportunity to fill up the car with petrol was really difficult. Once I filled up the car I had to take our baby out of the car just to go in and pay and then pop him back in the car on my return. It wasn’t impossible, it was just annoying juggling the baby.
So now, I fill up the car every Wednesday. It’s one of the only days where I don’t have my son with me for the whole day. It doesn’t matter if the car is a quarter full, half full or even three quarters full, I always fill it right to the top.
That way I know I will have enough petrol until my next Wednesday. While it takes a small amount of time every Wednesday it gives me the peace of mind to know I’m not making life difficult for my son.
Sometimes we can have the same attitude about filling up our car as we do with filling up on God. There have been times when I have waited until I am completely empty and drained before I go to God for refreshment. I use up all my resources trying to get by for as long as I can. I know that going to God would be the best solution, but I hold out, looking for something quicker and easier. In the end, when everything else has failed, I come to God.
Whereas, when I come to God on a regular basis I find I don’t get completely emptied as quickly or easily.
Touching base with Him regularly gives me a point in the day where I’m reminded of His faithfulness and goodness. I know this is the best way to be but every now and again I get lazy or complacent and go back to draining myself before relying on God.
As I fill up my car it’s a good reminder to regularly fill up on God too.
Lord, You are always there for us but so often we turn our backs on You. Help us to connect with You first and foremost everyday. Amen.
How regularly do you fill up on God?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.