DayBreaks for 10/06/16 – The Spirit Cries for a Refill
From the DayBreaks archive, 2006:
From BIZARRE NEWS: “How many times have you been enjoying a beer in your favorite bar or restaurant when you suddenly notice that your glass is empty! What to do? The waitress is nowhere to be seen and the bar is lined two deep with thirsty patrons clamoring for the bartender’s attention. Perspiration beads your brow as the anxiety of going three, four, even five minutes without another beer begins to gnaw on you.
“What will happen? Will you die of thirst? Will you sober up? But before speculation runs wild the waitress shows up at your table with a brand new, ice cold, frothy beer. Is she psychic? No. It turns out you have been drinking out of the latest in bar technology. The “Smart Glass.”
“That’s right, folks. A Japanese electronics company has developed a hi-tech pint glass that tells bar staff when it needs refilling. The intelligent glass is fitted with a radio-frequency coil in its base that emits a signal to a receiver set in the table when it’s empty.
“The iGlassware system works by coating each glass with a clear, conducting material, enabling it to measure exactly how much liquid has been sipped or guzzled. When empty, the glass sends an electronic cry for more beer from the table to waiters equipped with hand-held computers on frequencies similar to those used by mobile phones.
“This is a huge advance in the science of drinking. Now patrons don’t even have to go through the inconvenience of ordering drinks. They can devote themselves entirely and single-mindedly to the task of destroying their livers.”
Well, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that some enterprising soul came up with such a product. Here’s the good news as I see it: it will work with wonderful drinks like Dr. Pepper, too! Imagine never having to wait for a Dr. Pepper refill again! Yahoo!
But this intelligent glass is a poor imitation of the spirit that God has put inside of us that lets us know when we need more of Him (which is always!) In Psalm 84:1-2, 10, the Psalmist put it this way: How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty. I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God… A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
These are among my very favorite verses in Scripture. There is something deep within us that longs for home, for perfection, for a place where only that which is perfect and whole and wholesome can be found. I long for the day when I shall see the gates of the city and be ushered into His Presence! I have a hunch that when it happens, I, like the Psalmist, will shout with a joy I’ve never felt before! All the joy that we’ve ever felt in this world will be nothing compared to that joy, because here we know that joy is temporary, that just around the next corner lies more heartache and sadness. Such will not be the case when we “enter the courts of the Lord”. We will know that the joy we feel then will never diminish, but only grow greater and greater throughout all eternity. You could take the joys of a thousand days lived on earth and it won’t compare to a single day in the courts of heaven. Is it any wonder that the writer would be content to be the gatekeeper in God’s house than in a luxurious palace owned by the wicked? Whatever joy they have will vanish with their last heartbeat, but the joy of the gatekeeper only begins with the last heartbeat.
But there is a risk: it is difficult to live in the here-and-now as a fully engaged Christian if I think too much about the there-and-then existence in heaven. The temptation to become escapist is huge. I must trust that in the due course of time that I will enter those courts…and that it will have been far more than worth the wait. Until then, my spirit cries out for a refill!
PRAYER: Let my heart long for only you, Lord! Fill us anew with faith, courage, hope and trust! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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