Short Thought continued.....
Release our Grip
I am sure we have all seen, at some point or another, a sad looking tube of toothpaste all tight
and squeezed half way up the neck with a big lump of paste still left at the bottom.
It looks so odd and seems so irrational that anyone would think that squeezing paste
out of the top of the tube, where there is NOTHING left, would come to any fruition!
Surely, one thinks, it would be much better to release the squeeze and push up from the bottom!
How much like these poor little tubes of toothpaste can we also be....
When life throws us off course, when things don't go our way,
when people don't do what we want them to do,
or interferences come to jerk and upset our plans,
we can find ourselves trying to squeeze and squeeze
resources, strength, joy, or hope from within our tired selves.
This can leave us exhausted, drained, crushed and empty,
left on the side looking spent - similar to that sad looking tube of toothpaste.
Have you been trying to get through life by
your own efforts and been straining in the process?
Where do you need to release your grip and draw from Jesus Christ
who is the Living Water, the Fountain that never runs dry?
When we accepted Jesus in our lives, He gave us His Holy Spirit to live in us.
He invites us to continually let go of our striving and let Him take over.
As we release our grip, we open up a way for Him to release
His power, strength, perspective, hope and joy.
As we release our grip, we allow what God has put within us to flow continually...
Let us remember what is ours because of Jesus,
and when we feel we have nothing left to give,
let us let go and open a way for Him to be alive in us.
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink!
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said,
‘From his innermost being will flow continually rivers of living water.’”
(John 7:38 AMP)
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone
who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.”
(John 7:38 MSG)