Sometimes I find myself wondering where God is when I really needed Him to show up, and I feel like He just left me hanging out to dry. Then I realize I've wandered out of His presence—yet again.
I have all these awesome intentions in my walk with Jesus. Like I'm gonna read my Bible every day, set aside time to fall on my knees in prayer, start a new Bible study, read this Christian book, reach out to that friend I know is struggling—but for some reason I keep coming up short. Life gets busy and I push things to the next day and then to the next and suddenly all my good intentions, are just that . . . intentions with no commitment.
Have you ever seen the Disney movie 'Holes' starring Shia LeBeouf? In the movie it features a boys' ranch for troubled kids that have to dig holes in the dirt every day to a certain width and depth to learn their lesson. Each day they start digging a new hole, the same depth, and width as the day before. In one scene of the movie it shows this huge desert landscape with just a bunch of shallow holes. This is how my spiritual life feels sometimes...
I try to commit to too many things, and all I'm left with is a bunch of shallow intentions. I need to reprioritize my life and keep 'digging' into the 'holes' that are going to make a difference in eternity.
As a young girl, my sisters and I would always play in the sand at the beach, and it always would turn into a contest of who could dig deep enough to find water first. This is how we should be in our spiritual 'hole', digging to reach the spiritual water to fill us up with Jesus. We have to be committed to reaching the water if we just intend to... We can never be filled.
Jesus tells us that the two greatest commandments are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, and soul & to love others. We can't love others without being filled with His love first; it's like trying to pour from an empty glass.
“And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
So let's dig into God's word, let's commit to reaching that spiritual water & be filled up so that we may pour out His love to others, who so desperately need it. This isn't just a suggestion; it's a commandment spoken by Jesus! We have to start taking our commitment to our spiritual growth more seriously. There are souls at stake here people! The deeper we go, the more we have to give. We can't let our hearts get empty. We can't stop, even when it gets hard, and life gets busy.
We serve a God who wants to fill us with His love, pour His grace lavishly over us, yet we are too busy 'digging' into our careers, our plans, our social lives, our desires, & our own selfishness to commit to the plan God has for us.
Imagine how different our churches, communities, cities, states & world would look if everyone was constantly digging deeper for Jesus, being filled up with His love, & pouring it out? Amazing things. Incredible things. Things only possible with Jesus.
So what is stopping us? We are. We stop ourselves with the lies of the world that 'shallow holes' are good enough & it's not really that important to be completely full. But it is! God proved that when He sent His only Son to hang on a cross for our sins. That alone is a good enough reason for me.
Break out the shovels, let's get digging!
Have a great week & keep seeking Jesus!
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.