Have you ever ran out of gas in your car? I have twice in my life. Both times happened because I didn’t fix a problem earlier and it ended up with me on the side of the road. It left me frustrated, stressed and overall not happy with the situation. (This was also before cell phones so I couldn’t just phone a friend.)
Sometimes life is like that. We end up running out of gas, and usually it’s because we didn’t take care of an issue before and it blossomed into the place where you find yourself. Empty…emotionally, mentally, physically or spiritually.
What do you do when you find yourself here? You may say if I knew what to do, I wouldn’t be in this place. But theres good news, the Word of God addresses this. In Matthew chapter 11 we see how Jesus encourages us in this situation. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The greek word for labor is kópos and it means to strike a blow so hard that it seriously weakens or debilitates ending in extreme weariness partnered with phortízō –the greek word for heavy laden which means overloaded.
This verbiage gives us the language of what we feel sometimes; it feels like life has punched us so hard that we’re weak and we’re so overloaded with everything that it leaves us feeling like we’ve got nothing left…that we’re empty. But the Word of God doesn’t just describe where we can find ourselves. God always gives us the answer for what to do WHEN we find ourselves out of gas.
3 Things to do:
- Come to Jesus – So often we try to tough it out ourselves instead of coming to the very one who has the answers that we need. Come to Him in worship, intentionally create space to just BE with Him.
- Take His yoke – A yoke was a a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plow or cart that they are to pull. Jesus is saying connect yourself with me, not the situation you find yourself in. (and btw, His yoke is easy and burden is light vs the heaviness we so often carry around) There’s a divine exchange that happens when you give your heaviness to Him and take His lightness.
- Learn from Him -Understand this: It’s a process. We have to unlearn so many things about simply trying to do things on our own. Sometimes we have to learn how to come to Him and to exchange your yoke for His yoke. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right all the time…remember…It’s a process of learning and relearning.
If you will make these 3 things a priority…your tank will become full again.