How full is your cup?
To be honest, I’ve been working on my 2022 goals for about two months, and I am someone who loves a checklist. I felt the Lord leading me to a single picture when I thought and prayed over 2022, and it was kind of weird… a picture of an elephant under a waterfall. How weird is that? The more I thought about and pondered that image – I began to think about the word saturated.
Let’s take a deep dive into the word Saturate
The Hebrew translation of the word Saturate is Ravah (“raw-vah”) and can be translated a number of ways like satisfied, abundanThe Hebrew translation of the word Saturate is Ravah (“raw-vah”) and can be translated several ways like satisfied, abundant, filled up and my favorite soaked. It is used 14 times in the Old Testament. Side note if you have heard me talk about the ‘hidden mickeys’ in scripture – here are 2! 7 is the perfect number and in both instances – God has used it in multiples of 7! must be important!
In the English language, the word saturate means to soak thoroughly so that no more can be added. I began to think about that elephant. What if I lived my life like that? The water pouring on the elephant like Jesus’ goodness and direction and mercy pours on me? How can I live my life like that?
WHEN WE SIT WITH JESUS, WE BECOME SOAKED. WE SIT AND WAIT TO RECEIVE MORE OF HIM. THINK ABOUT THAT WHEN READING THESE VERSES:
PSALM 16:11 SAYS, “IN THY PRESENCE IS FULLNESS OF JOY.”
MALACHI 3:10 BRING YE ALL THE TITHES INTO THE STOREHOUSE, THAT THERE MAY BE MEAT IN MINE HOUSE, AND PROVE ME NOW HEREWITH, SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS, IF I WILL NOT OPEN YOU THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN, AND POUR YOU OUT A BLESSING, THAT THERE SHALL NOT BE ROOM ENOUGH TO RECEIVE IT.”
MATTHEW 7:7-8 “KEEP ON ASKING, AND YOU WILL RECEIVE WHAT YOU ASK FOR. KEEP ON SEEKING, AND YOU WILL FIND. KEEP ON KNOCKING, AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED TO YOU. FOR EVERYONE WHO ASKS, RECEIVES. EVERYONE WHO SEEKS, FINDS. AND TO EVERYONE WHO KNOCKS, THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED.“
JEREMIAH 31:14 “THE PRIESTS WILL ENJOY ABUNDANCE, AND MY PEOPLE WILL FEAST ON MY GOOD GIFTS. I, THE LORD, HAVE SPOKEN!”
I want to sit in that place with Jesus. For instance, imagine being so full of God that I am filled with His goodness and His joy is overflowing out of me. Wow! In Proverbs (11:25 NLT), it says that those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
My prayer over saturation in my soul this year is this:
LORD, SHOW ME HOW TO SATURATE EVERY SINGLE PART OF MY LIFE IN PRAYER, IN FAITH, IN LOVE AND IN THE BLESSING OF OTHERS. GIVE ME A HEART THAT IS THANKFUL, NOT TAKING ANY PARTY OF THE JOURNEY WE WALK TOGETHER FOR GRANTED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, GRACE AND MERCY AND HOW YOU PROMISE YOUR CONSISTENT OUTPOURING OF LOVE AND DIRECTION. AS I START EACH DAY, DRAW ME CLOSER TO YOU, FILL MY SOUL WITH YOUR GOODNESS SO I OVERFLOW WITH MORE OF YOUR ANOINTING POWER AND DRAW OTHERS CLOSER TO YOU. AMEN.
But can I be honest? As often as I pray that prayer, it boils down to my desire and effort to be saturated. It will be a daily process of seeking God, waiting in His presence and becoming saturated through the overflow of the Spirit. I want to be drenched in God’s presence every single day.
So what does that mean for my year?
As I think about becoming that elephant… I think about having my hands wide open. As a result, I spent the first 31 days of the year – the entire month of January – fasting with Jesus, sitting with Him daily with my hands open.
A lot has happened in January. I started the year off sick. It has been one week of chaos after another. Finally, I have been building since 2020 and was supposed to move into in November 2021 will not be ready until April 2022. However, in a long story that I am going to make very brief and maybe go into later… I packed up and sold my belongings and moved to Nashville in August to spend time in Solitude with Jesus until my house was ready in November.
Well, that did not happen. For the last 90 days, I have been living in transition on friends’ couches, and it has been an experience. And not an experience I would encourage anyone to endure. I am ready for consistency, but one thing Jesus has had me sit in and be saturated by His goodness and rely on Him instead of my planner or the process in my head.
As I move through this year, I will choose to be that elephant and bask, sit, enjoy and be saturated by the Lord’s goodness. It will not always be fun. For example, think about sitting under a waterfall; water can be cold, sometimes there is so much water you slip and fall, and even other times when the waterfall does not gush with water. No matter the experience under the waterfall, one thing remains the same, you will get wet.
In Paul’s words… And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us… and let us not give up.
Happy 2022 friends.