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Don’t run out of Gas…

Mark 1:35.  Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

I am stuck.  Ran out of gas.  Again.  My gas gauge isn’t working properly and my odometer doesn’t work at all so, try as I might, this DOES happen from time to time.  The bad news is -my husband has to come and “rescue me”.  The good news?  I have a little time- to myself- to think…pray…work on this blog.  I almost called a friend to chat-but thought I would utilize this “forced quiet time” instead. 

Isn’t that how our lives are, though?  Sometimes the “gauges” on our lives don’t work properly.  We get caught up in life, of busyness, church work, family obligations, meetings, housework, homework. And our spiritual life, our quiet time with God, suffers.  Then God, in His infinite wisdom, will sometimes cause something to make us slow down a bit, or even stop and have a “forced quiet time”.  Maybe it’s a slow crawling lane of traffic on the interstate.  Maybe a dead cell phone.  Maybe even running out of gas.  Anything that takes our focus off our “distractions” and puts it squarely right where it belongs…on Him.  On our Father.  Our Savior.  Our Shepherd.  Our Lord.  Our Compass.  The one who always leads us in the right direction…if we will but follow…  And His gauge ALWAYS reads right.

“Oh God, you are my God, and I will ever praise you.  I will seek you in the morning, and I will learn to walk in your ways and step by step you’ll lead me, and I will follow you all of my days…”( Hillsong, “Step by Step”)

Dear Lord: Help me to see opportunities you place before me.  To praise you.  To follow you.  To seek you.  And help me to remember to always have a quiet time daily…DAILY…and VOLUNTARILY…with you.  Help me to remember that if I happen to forget, you’ll provide it for me…one way, or another.  Thank you Lord, for all that you do for me; for all of my blessings..and yes Lord, I thank you that I ran out of gas…so I could have this quiet time with you.   Amen.