Sunday, July 15, 2012
Dreamscaping 14--Poured out...
"For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." II Tim 4:6.
A drink offering was completely drained out over the offering on the alter until it was drained dry. The pastor spoke about an experienced marathoner who told his own sons that if they finish the race with anything left over, they haven't run their best race. I hear in Paul's voice the satisfaction that he left nothing on the table; the joy of finishing well. This week I've been wrapping up a work project and I've been asking my prayer partners to pray that I finish well. I'm still asking that, but I was in for a surprise.
See, I'm struggling to declutter and get free of the stuff around my life. I feel like I don't even know where to begin sometimes and I feel like what I give is so small. When the pastor talks about what's left, what I see is a lot left around me.
What I realized this morning as I finally listened to the sermon for myself was that when I looked at what I had to give of my stuff, the Lord looked at what I had to give of my time and care. I don't know that I'll always end up being the one people cry with, but I don't mind for now. It's ok. I know that I left nothing He asked for on the table. I didn't even get to see most of the sermon during that time--my time was all used up and I wouldn't have it any other way. It was my joy to direct them to Him, whether they were able to do that right then or not. Years ago, I gave it all to Him. It's still His--the stuff and the non-stuff.
Don't be afraid to give it all. What He wants is your heart. Leave none of it on the table and He'll have all He needs of everything you have. Of course, an empty vessel begs refilling, and He is delighted to do it--the pipe can't help getting wet.