If Your Spiritual Life Had a “gas gauge”

We live in a technological age. Everything is “smart” – our phones, computers, appliances, and even cars. In the fall of 2009, we bought our first Escape (or started making monthly payments on our first Escape). The digital gas gauge told us how many miles we could go until the tank would empty. A few thousand miles later, image my surprise when a digital message told me I needed to schedule an oil change! We now have a newer, shinier, fancier Escape, though due to improved credit and less overall debt, our monthly installments are a little lower. Sometimes I rely too much on the artificial intelligence to get me through. On my recent trip back from my parents’ house, I didn’t fill up at the last town before my father-in-law’s, because I knew we could make it, but when I drove to the gas station the next morning the reading on the digital gauge was six miles to empty. That’s the closest I’ve ever cut it. I also trust that the GPS will get me where I’m want to go, if I don’t know the way – but that’s another
Angie Caswell's photo.Unfortunately, our spiritual lives do not have a “gas gauge” – digital or otherwise – telling us when to fill up. We don’t come with a dashboard that tells us to go in for a “tune up” or a “system flush” to cleanse all the impurities of the dirty roads of
life. What we have, the wonderful blessing Jesus established before His return to Heaven, is the church. I am so thankful for church family. I have family in Christ around the world. I have a group of sisters online that pray for each other daily, and most of us may never meet each other in person, until we meet in heaven. I have extended church family in every place I’ve ever lived and in every place those member may have moved. I am really looking forward to getting connected with a new church family once we are settled in our new home. Assembling together with other Christians is one part of keeping our spiritual gas tank filled. In addition to attending worship services and Bible study, we should be doing Bible study and prayer time on our own and with our family – if you have a family of your own.
Throughout this transition, my spiritual gas tank has remained about half full. We’ve never placed membership at our local congregation since we were unsure how long our stay would be. I have difficulty with making new friends only to leave them behind. I’ve mostly stayed on schedule with my family’s daily Bible reading calendar. I’ve prayed more than ever before in my life. In other ways, however, I feel like I’ve been running on fumes. This held especially true during the month with Dietrich’s health issues. I’m not always sure how all the pieces of me are staying together, or if I’m only kidding myself into thinking I’m all in one piece. Whichever one it is, or if it’s a mixture of both, I’m thankful for the One seeing me through, providing me counsel and making the pathway known.