As Anton Ego put it in the movie Ratatouille, "... you know what I'm craving? A little perspective. That's it. I'd like some fresh, clear, well seasoned perspective. Can you suggest a good wine to go with that?"
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
eVotionals exhorts those who pray. It's the glass of water held out
around each month's turn for the runners who can use a quick and easy
quench in order to finish strong.
To Spill is to
empty out on a surface, to overflow over the edge of a container, or to
cause a liquid to overflow, or to reveal a secret, or to leave
somewhere quickly as part of a big group. To allow or cause, esp.
unintentionally or accidentally, to run, fall, or flow over from a
container, usually so as to result in loss or waste...
(Approximate reading time: 7 Minutes)
What a build up! Time to PRAY!
Most of my spills come after prolonged build up and lazy
procrastination. When I am preparing meals in the kitchen I am a
clean-as-you-go kind of girl. By the time dinner is on the table most
of the pots and pans I used are in the dish washer rather than piled up
waiting to be dealt with.
I wish I was a clean-as-you-go kind
of girl in all areas of the house. 90% of the time, tucked out of
sight, I have mounds of layered projects and papers needing to be
organized and gone through. When I need something on the bottom of the
pile and try jimmying it out, piles of papers end up spilling every
which way. That is when I finally spend the time I need to get
organized and clean up what had built up.
When it comes down to
it, the higher the piles get the more likely a spill is coming. An
inevitable spill ultimately brings me to my knees to deal with what is
being ignored. It's the issues that are tucked away in some corner, the
ones that are harder to deal with that tend to pile up in my heart and
in my spirit. They keep me from being a pray-as-you-go type of girl.
They keep me from everyday going to God's word, allowing God's spirit to
work in me and spilling my heart out so that my cup can overflow.
What a mess! Time to PRAY!
The other day I was having coffee with a new friend. We were
talking about prayer and I guess I am passionate about the subject. As I
got caught up in the moment the Italian in me must have taken over and
before I knew it I had backhanded my Starbucks cup. The contents
spilled all over my prayer booklet as well as my light grey pants. I'm
not talking about a coffee sprinkle, I'm talking about a gush of
steaming hot pumpkin spiced latte cascading over the side of the table
and rapidly roaring down the canyon of my lap. Quickly absorbing the
substance, my entire front end took on a messy brown demeanor. So much
for stopping by the store before picking up the kids - I had to go home
and get cleaned up. Funny thing is, my laundry basket at home just
happened to be spilling over as well.
Spills are messy. For
the most part the first reaction to a spill is not one of opportunity,
it's more likely frustration about the mess it made or maybe
embarrassment of what it says about me. I'm probably not the only one
that avoids modeling my spills. Walking to my car with unnaturally
brown pants shouts out, "Hey everyone, I'm a mess! Look at how clumsy I
am. Look at how absent minded I can be. Look at the mess I make of
everything I touch. Look at how lazy I am by not cleaning up."
thing about sporting a mess is that until it's clean I make unnatural
adjustments to avoid people seeing it. When my pants are messy I walk
behind a row of cars acting oblivious to the sidewalk on the other
side. When my house is messy, I forget my manners and keep people at
bay. When a relationship is messy, I cover it up with awkward smiles.
When my feelings are messy, I sweep them under a happy-carpet facade so
No matter how hard we try to keep our messes out
of sight, it's only a matter of time before the mess starts to rear it's
ugly head in public. Sometimes we need a good spill that forces us to
go home and get cleaned up.
Sometimes it takes a spill to get
us to pray. When we pray we are not returning to an orphanage to find a
cold caretaker without the time or desire to know us personally. We
return to our home to find a loving Father ready to take our burdens and
make them light. A compassionate Father that is ready to give a yoke
that is easy. We encounter a patient Father ready to forgive and a
generous Father ready to pour out his blessings.
iSpill my heart out, as iPray
like my latte cup, my life cup tends to be the victim of unintentional
backhands. As I harbor garbage to the very brim, holding the cup with
both hands and walking slowly trying to protect it, there is no room for
God to work on my heart. Even if there was a drop He could add, it
would quickly be contaminated and disappear in the mess. I'm setting
myself up for quite a mess after I carefully set the cup down and then
my absent minded Italian arms go flying around.
When my life cup
takes a spill it's my cue, time to spill my heart out! Get rid of the
mess. God accepts it all. He wants us to be real before Him. When we
pray to get cleaned up we must spill our hearts out before the Lord. No
matter what it is. It may be an unresolved issue, a sin struggle,
bitterness for the way something turned out, an unanswered prayer, built
up pain, a need for understanding, a lack of trust, a wavering faith,
perpetual apathy, an unwilling heart, or maybe it's something you think
is just too messy to ever be cleaned up. Whatever it is, God's grace is
sufficient for you, His power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
doesn't stop there. After the junk is gone the Holy Spirit is ready to
rinse and renew. Why leave any drops of old, leftover latte in your cup
only to have God's living water taste like watered down, stale
God takes our spills so that our life cups are clean
from even the tiniest drop of caffeine induced self-reliance, selfish
motives and annoying attitudes. He wants us to be clean so that He can
start to fill our life cups with His love, His way, His purpose...His
My cup overflows, as iPray
When I am an empty mess I can say, "Lord, fill me up and send me out." That is just what He wants to do.
Psalm 23:5 says, "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows."
that scripture does not say God fills us up to over spill. Spilling
leaves us empty. He fills up our cup so that it overflows! Permanent
life altering and everlasting beautified ingredients being graciously
and continuously poured into our life cups. Filled up and overflowing
with His kindness, goodness, compassion and so much more. His blessings
never run out for His mercies are new every morning.
Peter 5:10 says, "And after you have suffered a little while, the God
of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will
himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."
quenches like His living water. Nothing nourishes like His daily
bread. Nothing else can fill us up with more satisfaction and
wholeness. When we pray with a heart willing to receive the good stuff,
our cups overflows!
3:5 says, "He saved us, not because of works done by us in
righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of
regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit."
Can you just taste it? I Spill but God Fills!
iPray 4 you...
we need a good spill that forces us to go to our Father, get cleaned
up, rinsed out, and filled up so that our life cup overflows.
iPray... against build-ups that can get in the way of a pray-as-you-go lifestyle.
iPray... that when you spill, you will not wait to get cleaned up.
iPray... that you will not use unnatural adjustments to hide your mess but instead give it all to the Lord.
iPray... that when you pray, you do not hold back but instead spill out your heart and be real before your Father.
iPray... that as you come to your God in prayer, that He will fill you up.