From One Broken Cistern to Another

heart sugar cookieAs I sat on the couch and put on my make-up this morning, I thought to myself, I’m just so tired.  Granted, the baby was up all night and there was a chill in the air.  I had every reason to want to crawl back into bed and cover up.  Yet, I knew it was more than that.   In the silence of the morning, by the light of one little lamp, I could be honest with God and just say, I’m tired. 

I began thinking about Samuel.  Scripture says that Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life (1 Samuel 7:15.)  This was the job that God had given to Samuel and he did it his whole life.  That is such an important thing to realize. When you are a follower of Christ you are committing to follow Him all the days of your life. It is a life-long commitment and you’re going to get tired.  This is no surprise to God.

He gave us clear instructions on what to do when we become weary.

Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  -Matthew 11:28

God knew that we would get tired. He knew that the journey would be long and the path would not always be easy.  He has promised to give us rest but, first, we must come to Him.

I remember a conversation I had with my husband quite some time ago.  He had mentioned that He would often get tired in the early afternoon. He read somewhere that this could be caused by dehydration.  So, I begin contemplating dehydration, my weariness and a possible need for more water in my life and I am reminded of this passage in Jeremiah.

For My people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned Me, the fountain of living water, and dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water.  – Jeremiah 2:13

Our physical bodies were created with a need for water. Without it, we can become lethargic and fatigued. If we went without it for too long we would die.  For our spiritual lives to thrive we need the living water and, in order to receive the living water, we must come to Him.  When we attempt to go about our lives without Him we become tired and weary.

I love the imagery of God as a fountain and us as cracked cisterns.  When we immerse ourselves in God and His Word the water is constantly flowing over us. It refreshes us and gives us energy.  The problem comes when we think okay, I’m feeling good. I can step away and handle it on my own for awhile.  You see, we are just broken cisterns.  So, the moment we walk away from God, the water leaks out through the cracks. In no time at all, we are dry.  We become dehydrated and dehydration brings weariness.

God, you are my God;
       I eagerly seek you.
       I thirst for you;
       my body faints for you,
       in a land that is dry, desolate
       and without water. – Psalm 63:1

Are you feeling weary?  Maybe you’re just a little dehydrated.

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Stacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ.