I’m back from my maternity leave after giving birth to Eleanor Rachel Jiang on Thanksgiving Day. What a great joy she has been to me and my family. What a great joy new life brings to our church family as we’ve had many baby/child dedications the past months!
As Spring has come upon us, how is the year 2017 going for us? It is a good time to pause and reflect on what God is doing and how He’s continuing to lead us forward. I’ve been filled with lots of emotions, hormone changes :), schedules, busy-ness, and expectations, mostly ones I’ve put on myself. That’s what I’ve been filling my cup with. It’s been rough. Then I realize I need Jesus to fill my cup, otherwise, I’d be going in a downward spiral. In life, we are pulled and tugged in all different directions, but at the end of it we need to ask ourselves, “What am I filling the cup God has given me with? Am I letting God fill my cup till it overflows with His life and goodness?”
Throughout Scripture, as in the ancient Near East, the cup functions as a metaphor for an individual’s fate. In Psalm 16, the psalmist credits the Lord with assigning his “portion and cup” in life. Psalm 23 equates an abundant life with an overflowing cup. The anxieties and stresses of life can really bring us down, but our God is a God of hope and life. Satan, our enemy, just wants to beat us down with lies and stress. But we need to turn to God as the Giver of Life.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
These Scripture verses are currently what I’m meditating and reflecting upon. What would our current life situation look like when we let God fill our cup till it overflows? Sometimes it takes courage to break away and say no to anxieties, worries, and busy-ness, and instead cling on and say YES to Jesus. Whatever you are doing now, maybe you just need to stop and take a deep breath. Take a moment to say YES to Jesus and let Him fill you.
Our world is broken. Life is messy. This points to the fact that we need Jesus everyday. Praise God that He has come to save us. I’m reminded of Jesus’ words in the garden before He was arrested, “Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:36)
Thank you Jesus that you took the cup of God’s wrath, all of humanity’s sin and brokenness, and placed it upon Yourself so that we may live and find life in You. Let Jesus fill your cup with His life and peace today!
Running to Jesus together with you,