It is a sunny and warm morning in Bushmills, and I just had my fill, with pancakes, smoky bacon and maple syrup! The place is perfect, and I can see that already it is becoming busy and being honest I don’t think I can eat anymore. I am not a breakfast person, but this was good.
Unfortunately, I am not getting a complimentary breakfast, so you will have to come to this coffee place and find it. It is right in the corner!!
A few days ago, I wrote about walking on empty and how I found myself with no water after walking on the Giant Causeway! I was so thirsty!! What a contrast, this morning I have drunk, I have eaten, and I feel great!
During these days, I have become aware that I can live on my reserves and do life and ministry while I am empty. But that is short-lived, and If I am not aware of its dangers, it can lead me to a different place where recovery is hard.
Recovery is the keyword! No reserve!
Living on my reserves is spending on what I have saved. It is like living on the limit of my credit and running the risk of touching the bottom without the possibility of bouncing back. Well, bouncing back will be much more challenging.
If this is true in the natural, it is also true in the spiritual. Walking on empty is a short term walk, but it is necessary for our recovery. Because it gives us enough boost to have the desire and the energy to drink again. When that desire is gone, then recovery is hard.
I shared this with my good friend, and he, who is very insightful, said to me that I could pray all I want and read as much as I can, but the lack of joy in my life makes it harder to enjoy in His presence,( I told you he is very insightfully direct!). I realised that I had replaced joy with duty, and my reserves were becoming increasingly low to the point of resenting and struggling to see the calling, purpose and forgetting that I am his Son.
Recovery is so important, and the energy left on almost an empty tank is enough to strengthen us and redirect us in pursuing his joy!
I love crunchy bacon, but I also enjoy and love the small strip of fat that comes with it. It just makes it easier to eat it!! But, isn’t this the same with God’s anointing, the grease, the healing oil of his sweet presence overflowing and overcoming our dry places? Sometimes, I believe that a small portion of “grease” is enough to help us to recover.
This morning my reading was this:
“As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.” (1 John 2:27 NIV11-GKE)
Thank God for bacon!