My first car was a Rambler. It was a little boxy car that used a lot of oil. Therefore my dad taught me how to use a dip stick to gauge my oil level.
Hard circumstances become like a dip stick to measure the level of thankfulness in our heart. It is God’s will that we are thankful in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Are you?
Thankfulness increases our heart’s capacity to fully engage and embrace the Lord. It deepens our intimate communion. The opposite is also true. Grumbling and complaining decreases our capacity. It causes us to shrink like old wine skins.
New wine skins represent our heart in intimate communion. He brings us to Himself to share His heart, encouraging and empowering us. Our heart expands and increases to hold the new wine of His revelational insight, wisdom, and understanding.
Luke 5:37-38 says, “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
Deep intimate communion with the Lord is fresh, holy, satisfying, and awakening. There is nothing on this earth that equals it. It is not learned but imparted. It is all initiated and directed by the Lord Himself. He woos us through our hard trials to come and immerse in His Presence. We lean into Him. He whispers. His tender words of love penetrate even into the hardened places in our heart. Like oil, it trickles into the crevices of emotional pain to release us to love Him more fully.
How can I say thanks? How can I empress my thanks to the Creator God who knows all things? The answer is found in seeking. We recognize our thirst can only be quenched in Him. I love David’s words in Psalm 63:1. “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 thirst land where there is no water.”