I shy away from this word, it has a lot of guilt and condemnation attached to it. It feels like I am not doing enough in my life to be saturated in Him.
If I am already saturated by my earthly life and the cares of this world, there is no room left for me to be able to soak up more of my Lord.
Why am I afraid to make the choice to be saturated in Him?
Am I afraid of what He might require of me?
Am I afraid of what I might have to give up?
I need to “dry out” from being saturated with the world and self.
“We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do, this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” Romans 7:14-20 niv
But then v.25, “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
How do I accomplish the drying out process?
I have to let the “balls” drop.
(Jesus tells me...) “...My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:30 niv
It is possible to live in a world where this verse is TRUE.
I can remember the time when this verse finally became Truth to me. My personality is the type that sees an obstacle and I figure out a way to dig deeper within myself and figure out a way to get around, or over the obstacle. I don’t stop to ask for help because everyone else has their own stuff to deal with and I should be able to do it myself.
I have lived much of my life like this, and even after the Lord showed me His Truth about this verse, I can too easily be swept back into this way of thinking. After dwelling on saturate for this past week and facing some true conviction I realize I have fallen into the same trap again. I have allowed this life, this world’s way of thinking to saturate my spirit again!
For me, the biggest obstacle is the shoulds. I should be able to…my marriage should look like…or my marriage should provide me with…my family should be…my job should look like…I am so saturated with should there is no room for my spirit to absorb my Savior’s Truth.
During the first year and a half after my husband’s brain injury, I felt like I was consumed with shoulds. Thankfully the Lord brought someone to walk alongside me, to pray with me, and to dig deeper with me to see what the Lord thought of my list of should.
I had to dedicate time to meet with my mentor. I had to be willing to take each should to Him in prayer and ask Him what His Truth was about that. I had to be willing to acknowledge that maybe I didn’t have to be the one juggling all that I was! Each and every time I let the Lord drain away the should, it left room for me to be filled up, saturated, with His Holy Spirit and Truth.
It was a hard journey, but I can vividly remember the day when I realized the Truth, that I was feeling light and easy! I wasn’t removed from the situation, but His yoke was easy and His burden was light, because HE was carrying it! It gave me such freedom!
~ Meet Kelly Harvie ~
Kelly Harvie has been married to her husband Matt for 28 years. They have five grown children with only one left in college. Kelly spends her time caregiving for her husband, connecting with her children, working at Artios and as much time reading as she can find!