Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fully Satisfied~

As I was paying the cashier for the gas I had just pumped into my car, I was approached by a young man in his early twenties.

"Excuse me, Ma'am. Is that your little green Honda?" he asked.

Not sure who he was or why he was interested in my little green Honda, I apprehensively answered, "Yes."

"Did you just fill up at that pump?" he asked next.

"Yes, I used that pump, although I didn't fill up. I only purchased about eight gallons. Why do you ask?"

Running on Empty.
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"Well, I used that very same pump right before you and I DID fill up. It cost me over $50.00! But, when I drove away, nothing registered on my gas gauge. It doesn't show that I purchased any gas at all. I think something is wrong with that pump. While I talk to the cashier, would you mind checking your gas gauge to see if you got the gas you just paid for?"

It seemed like an odd request, but I nodded my head "yes" and headed outside to my car. I put the key in the ignition and anxiously watched my gas gauge. Slowly but surely, the needle moved away from the "E" as it made it's way closer and closer to the "F". Unlike the gauge in this young man's truck, my gauge showed I had gotten exactly what I had paid for, about half a tank of gas.

Looking up from the gauge, I saw the young man walking toward my car.

"So, did your gauge move or is it still sitting at the same spot as when you drove in?"

"The pump seems to be working fine," I answered. "My gauge is showing I have about half a tank, and that's the amount I put in. Maybe something is wrong with the gas gauge in your truck."

"Maybe." He replied. "Although, I don't see how the problem could be on my end. I just bought this truck! It's practically brand new. I'm pretty sure the problem is with this pump." And with that, disgruntled and upset, he turned and walked away.

Satisfied with my purchase, I pulled out of the station and went on my way.

Later that evening, as I was reflecting upon the events of the day, I thought about the incident at the gas station. Both the young man and I had went to the station for the same reason. We had parked in the same place, used the same equipment, talked to the same attendant. Yet, only one of us left there satisfied.

Spiritually, the same is often true of us.

Trucking through the day to day journey of life, we look at our "heart gauge" and suddenly realize our hearts are on "E". Knowing we are in desperate need of a fill up, we head to church, or read our Bible, or spend time in prayer. Some walk away from this "fill up with God" full and satisfied, others are left feeling empty. Why?

Like the young man at the station, we often fall victim to a faulty gauge. Stop and think about it for a minute. What do you use to gauge Christ's presence in your own life? Is it your emotions? As humans who are emotionally wired, this is often the instrument we rely on. Yet, probably nothing is more unreliable or fickle than our feelings!

When I entered the gas station that day, I had no reason to believe I would leave there still on "E". Why then, when I enter into the presence of the living God, the Creator of the Universe and the Lover of my Soul, should I believe I will walk away with anything less than what my heart needs and desires the most?

God promises those who hunger and thirst for righteousness WILL be filled. Regardless of what my emotions may be telling me, I must believe God has filled me to overflowing with His love, forgiveness, wisdom and grace. I must believe I have been strengthened in my inner man to once again run the race set before me. I must believe God is at work in me and through me. I must believe I have what I came for!

God is more than able and more than willing to dispense His goodness and His blessings into our empty hearts. We simply need to approach His throne of grace, open our heart before Him, and allow Him to fill us up.

Are you In need of a fill up?

Why not head straight to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?

Believe God will be faithful to meet your needs,

then head back onto the highway of life, happy and fully satisfied in Him!


  1. AAAAAmen - great post and great analogy Stacy. I know when I feel my heart gauge is on empty and I turn to the right source, Jesus, i am refilled and renewed.
    God bless

  2. Stacy, I love this post so much I think I would like to share it on my Facebook page! Well said. So true and I already said this BUT I love this post! Thank you. Dawn @ Beneath The Surface;Breath of Faith
    PS- this is one of the most excellent posts I have read. Did I mention I love it? oh, sorry! ;)

  3. One thing I hate to purchase is gas. It's not like shoes, you know? It's pretty much invisible. So I can totally relate to that young man who paid $50 to get nothing at all.

    But your analogy is spot on. God does indeed fill us up. And the price has already been paid.

  4. Great post! Also, I just read your "about me" link and I felt like I was reading my own testimony! Our stories are SO similar! :) I found you from Michelle's site. I'm new to the Hear it on Sunday. Share it on Monday Community. I'm your newest follower. Feel free to stop by my place... Looking forward to visiting again soon. :)

  5. Great post and analogy. If we come to him ready to be filled, and expecting, he does!

  6. I love how you find faith and God and spirituality in everyday experiences -- you make me think!

  7. Love this analogy! And it's so true!! One of the biggest mistakes we make as Christians is to use our emotions as a God gauge!!


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