Those warning lights on the dashboard of my van are there for a reason. Sometimes I pay attention to them, and other times I decide it must just be a faulty sensor and I ignore it. Those lights are there to warn us to stop and see what’s wrong. If we ignore it too long, it could mean a huge expense or the end of the vehicle. They come on to warn us to fasten our seatbelts, change our oil, check our tires or some kind of fluid level (oil and gas are critical!), or a serious issue such as our engine or transmission.
I have come to realize You put warning lights in our lives. The closer we pay attention to You, the more we realize those flashing lights in our spirit are trying to warn us. When our peace, love and joy are running low, when we are running out of energy, when our inner GPS doesn’t know where to go next, when we get overheated, when fear or bitterness start rearing their ugly heads…we need to STOP and run to You! We need to run to our strong tower to get refreshed, renewed, redirected, and checked out. Since You are the One who made us, You are the One who knows how to get us back in alignment with Your specifications for us personally. You, alone can fine tune us and keep us going on this road of life.
I used to get mad when something went wrong with my car. It’s a machine. It should simply serve its purpose! But it has to be given the proper care and maintenance to do what it was designed for. It has to have regular input of gas and oil to even operate. I have to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Father, help me pay attention to those warnings lights in my spirit which You use to let me know I need to come back to You. Remind me not to try to keep going despite the warnings. Help me learn to let you fill me, tune me and guide me at all times, and to STOP right away when there is a warning signal, and come to You.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:12
“You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7
Heavenly Father, let me stay in Your presence until I am filled with Your peace…