“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”  
—John 16:33 (NASB)

Sometimes I get disgusted with myself for being such a sieve. For seeming to need a constant re-fueling from God. Why can I not hold on to my strong position in Christ for more than a day or so?

And why does this even bother me? I should be happy to go to God daily and get an infusion, right?

Well, it bothers me because I want to be strong and steady, abiding as the title of my blog claims. Yet I feel weak much of the time. Beaten down by circumstances and situations that will not change.

My vision, of course, is an obvious source of leakage. I recently asked a group of blind people if they, too, felt wiped out by day’s end, and I got a definite “yes.” I’m sure our brains, eyes, and other senses work overtime just trying to make sense of life.

That’s physical weariness, and it certainly plays into our emotional state. But there is also world weariness.

World weariness often stems from feeling disappointment in what we see around us. People chasing after all kinds of temporary pleasures, being rude to one another, shouting, trying to climb over each other to make themselves look good.

Yuck. (And I’m not excluding myself from the list of disappointing human behaviors which could go on and on.)

Double yuck.

In the end, it all just points me back to my need. My daily need for God. My daily need for connection through prayer and study of His Word. 

Jesus said, “In Me you may have peace.” 

IN HIM—not in my own understanding of the circumstances I see around me. That’s what re-fueling is all about. And let’s be honest, it is usually more than a daily fill up…more like hourly, minute-ly (if that’s even a word!).

No matter how many times you’ve heard it or know it in your head, the necessary practice of turning to God CHANGES THINGS.

Mostly, it changes our outlook, and as we tell our kids, attitude is everything!

Thank You, Lord, for the opportunity to come to You whenever we need a fresh infusion of Your peace.  Your perspective in our circumstances changes everything, and for that, I am grateful!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.