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Twice since we have been here, we have run out of oil, and felt very foolish indeed.
So we now have a monitor which sends a message from the oil tank to an indicator in the kitchen which informs us if our oil is getting low.
However we were quite concerned that a warning triangle appeared on the monitor this week indicating that immediate attention was required.
We were somewhat surprised at this as the weather has been so good, we have not been using the heating at all, and so could not understand why we could have used so much oil.
Usually three bars appear, then two, then one thus indicating the state of the level.
However we have never had this warning triangle before.
It transpires that the area between the tank and the kitchen has been blocked by the rapid growth of a fuchsia bush outside the kitchen window.
Thus the monitor cannot give an accurate reading and so alerts us to do something.
I thought of this a wee bit like prayer. Sometimes we just run out of prayer and realise that our reserves are low.
Maybe this comes when we least expect it – when we think our tank is full and then we get a warning that we’re running on empty.
What is in the way of our communion with God?
Are we too busy to stop and listen? Are we too busy to stop and pray?
Is there something in the way?
Maybe we sometimes need a spiritual monitor to let us know when we need to refuel and let God fill us with his Spirit. Don’t wait till your tank is empty.