Squeezed. Pressed. Dried out. Drained. Crusty on the outside, empty on the inside.
Do any of these words describe you?
Sometimes we feel this way after an extremely busy season in our lives. Sometimes it occurs after a trying project is completed. Sometimes it even happens after the holidays or a vacation. We have felt the pressure, we have given, worked, and over-worked, stayed up late, exerted energy, had umpteen meetings, met the demands of co-workers and kids, cooked, cleaned, and been as super-human as we could possibly be. Now it has all caught up to us and we’re done—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually done. We’ve been going 90mph and we’re flat out empty. Squeezed to the max. Like Elijah running from Ahab and Jezebel we cry out, “Lord, I’ve had enough!” (1 Kings 19:4).
As I was squeezing the last bit of toothpaste out of the tube recently, I laid it down on the vanity and couldn’t help but notice two things. First, the tube literally looked like how I felt. I felt squeezed out, pressed, and drained. I felt crusty on the outside, empty on the inside. But the second thing I noticed was not only interesting, but ironic as well. I noticed the word “complete” on the tube of toothpaste. “Ha! That’s funny,” I thought. The empty, squeezed out tube was far from “complete.” And when I feel squeezed, pressed, and empty, I feel far from complete as well. But you know what? I am. I am complete, and you are too. The Bible says “…and God has made you complete in Christ” (Colossians 2:10, GWT).
Say it out loud. “God has made me complete in Christ.” Though we struggle, though we strain, though we feel pressed and squeezed, we are complete in Christ. Even King David, whose life was far from perfect and full of stress and sin, said “The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing” (Psalm 23:1).
As you embrace this New Year with all its many challenges ahead, remember…the Lord is your Shepherd. Remember…you lack nothing. Remember…you are complete in Christ.