For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. -Jeremiah 31:25 (NKJV)
In military aviation, when a pilot radios “bingo fuel,” that means he or she has just enough fuel to safely head back to base, and has to end whatever engagement may have been taking place (dogfight, reconnaissance, etc.), or risk not making it safely home.
In our spiritual flight, we need to have enough awareness to know whether we have enough fuel to stop what we’re engaged in and double back before we plummet. It’s when we are past that point that we fall into discouragement, despair, and temptation.
It’s easy to lose track of our fuel level when we’re intensely focused on fighting the good fight, completely distracted by excessive busyness, or slowly losing fuel as worldly influences erode our spiritual footing. Thankfully, we have an amazing Father who gives us refueling options: return to base, or refuel in midair.
If you return to base, stop and rest at His feet. Replenish yourself in His Word, and through prayer. You can then line up for takeoff and take on the world once more.
If you choose midair refueling, you’re carving out time for Him through the day and night in briefer sessions. Let each session top you off so you can stay focused, since you’re still in the mission field.
Either way, God is our steadfast copilot and inerrant navigator. Heed His guidance, especially when the Spirit warns us of our dropping fuel level, and we can continue waging our air campaign in His name.