For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants and My blessing on your offspring. (Isaiah 44:3)
Energy. You had it when you first started teaching. You probably even had it in August. But a lot has happened since then to wear you down. Forget the pressures of actual teaching. Just maintaining order in a room with thirty little captive bodies for 7 hours a day is enough to weaken anyone’s enthusiasm.
So how do you regain it? Our English word for ‘enthusiasm’ comes from a Greek phrase meaning ‘God within’. The passion and energy for everyday trials has to come from the Lord, because He’s the only limitless Source. We were designed to have to have God within us in order to function at our peak.
Think of yourself as a sponge, trying to clean up the dirty world we live in. Just as a sponge must be filled with water to be effective, so we have to be filled with the living water of God. Satiated. We can’t just soak up enough for ourselves- we have to be filled to overflowing. It’s the only way we’ll have enough to spread around.
A sponge will dry out if it’s spent too much time out of water. It becomes useless for anything except collecting surface dirt. It’s no longer capable of any powerful change to the environment around it. Likewise, we require a continual refreshing, to be dipped back into the Source as often as possible. Each time we are immersed in living water, we are purified and prepared for the next challenge.
Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive..." (John 7:37-39).
If you’re feeling ‘dried out’, remember to go back to God for a fresh filling. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 18:4 that the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. Anyone who drinks of the Spirit will be filled.
O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1)