So building on yesterday’s post, I was wondering if I can readily identify which way the flow of blessing is going in my imaginary pipe. Is the blessing flowing from God, filling me and then heading out to bless others or am I less than full and seeking for something on the horizontal plane to fill me. I know for a fact, in my life, often I have sought to be filled by what I do, either through my work or ministry. I know for a fact, I have attempted to be filled through relationships with other people. I know for a fact, too often, how I felt about me was based on how you felt about me. All those are clear indicators the flow is going the wrong way. Nothing on the horizontal plane will ever be able to fill me.
I hate to even write this, but the rush of emotion you feel, the warm all over, thrill you feel when you meet someone and think you are “In love,” is evidence the flow is running the wrong direction! Saying things like, “I’m not complete without you,” “I just don’t like life when you aren’t around,” are all symptoms you are expecting someone on the horizontal plane to do something they are not capable of doing. When you have two people with relational pipes in the sucking mode, taking from each other to fill the void in your life, that relationship is doomed. The reserve goes empty quickly! Every affair happens because someone didn’t “have their needs met,” by their spouse and someone came along that “made me feel so special.” Just look at the language in the light of this teaching and tell me which way the flow is going! Affairs are two people running on fumes who find someone who they think can fill that empty place. Statistics show that good feeling lasts for about six months! If you and I don’t figure this lesson out both parties will soon be empty again and very dissatisfied. We flit from one activity, one person, one object to another in desperation seeking to fill ourselves.
There is only one unlimited reservoir that can flow the love, blessing and health to us we need and will never sputter or alter the flow to us. As long as we are open to receive there is no limit. My surrender then means all I ever really need is complete through my relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Then I operate from a place of fullness. Anything I give or do, or any way I may serve doesn’t come from a need to fill me, rather it is simply the natural overflow of what He has given me.
My project for myself is to clearly identify daily which way the flow is moving and to make quick adjustments to correct when necessary. So much of my life has been lived with the flow going the wrong direction. Even many things that appear to be good on the surface don’t stand the test of the flow meter!
Lord, help me to see you are enough! You are everything and have all I need. Let me be a channel for blessing to flow through!