Empty Kettle Alert!
“The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.”Isaiah 58:11
Explosion in the Kitchen
I’ve just made myself a cup of tea. As I turned the kettle on, I was suddenly conscious that I had done so without even checking first to see if there was any water in it. That’s not necessarily a strange thing – I know that no one else in the house is awake yet, my husband has left for work, and he always, without fail, refills the kettle after making our first cup of coffee. As I was thinking about David’s reliability on keeping the kettle filled, I remembered the time many years ago, before the days of mobile phones, when I had just filled the kettle and switched it on when the phone rang. It was an old fashioned kettle that had no automatic off switch, just a red light that came in when it was boiled. About forty minutes later, still on the phone, I heard an explosion from the kitchen! The entire bottom of the kettle had blown out and there was a scary electrical burning smell. I can still to this day, hear the echo of my friend on the phone laughing as I told her what had happened.
Standing in my kitchen this morning, I thought, that’s what happens to me, if I am not kept continually filled with water – the living water that Jesus offers!
In Ephesians 5:18 “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,”
Ephesians 3:19 “and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
It’s My Responsibility To Keep ‘Full’
Let’s say the kettle represents our hearts in this story. We could keep going on a half full ‘kettle’, a third full, a quarter full; But, eventually, if your heart is not being filled from its life source – The Word of God, it will run dry. Like my poor old kettle, there’s going to be a blow-out.
Psalm 42:1, “My soul is dry and thirsts for You, True God, as a deer thirsts for water.”
Psalm 23:5,6 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
Psalm 23:5,6 tells us that God prepares a table for us. It’s right where we are, even in the midst of our enemies. Do you have a difficult boss? A work colleague you struggle with? A neighbour who constantly gives you a hard time, though you go out of your way to be kind? Are you tired, feeling burned out? God fills our cup to overflowing, and His goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our life. He is always near. God is never further than the next prayer away. We can refill our kettle whenever we have need – in fact it’s vital that we keep it full, especially if we are pouring out. We need his presence. We need to draw strength and sustenance from His living Word.
I think I’ve said this in a few blogs- one of my favourite passages of scripture is Psalm 1:1-3: “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”
Had I been in the kitchen at the time, I would have seen the light come on on the kettle and been aware that the water level was getting dangerously low. But I was distracted by the phone conversation and forgot. We can become distracted by life – ministry, work, family problems, fun times, hobbies and forget to keep a close eye in our spiritual water levels.
We have spiritual warning lights. I know when my ‘water’ levels are getting a bit low. I feel ‘off’. Then I usually start becoming a bit introspective.
What’s your warning light? Pay attention to it, because very often that’s the still small voice of The Holy Spirit, prompting and reminding you to come to Him to be be filled.