Drained…      Jeremiah 2: 13

In Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula, the figure of Count Dracula was popularised. However the myths of such undead creatures had been in the Balkan and Slavic cultures for centuries. These ‘strigoi’ or вампир (vampir) were the undead or half dead. They existed by living off the lives of others, usually depicted in the draining of blood a symbol of life. These creatures had no life of their own, rather they used others to exist.

I’m sure we all know people who just suck the oxygen out of the room. Their presence takes all the available energy away, the life leaves the room. These people are social or attention vampires, always draining other peoples experiences to highlight their own. They feed on the loss of energy and attention, deflecting it towards themselves.

There are also emotional vampires. These people feed off the support and advice of others going from one feast to the next gaining sympathy and garnering support. They slowly bleed people dry, emptying the emotional well of others. Moving onto the next person, all the while not changing just relying on others to feed their insatiable appetite and keep the unchanged corpse alive.

“One thing you can’t hide – is when you’re crippled inside.” ― John Lennon

However if we are all really honest we have done both of those things; made others smaller to make ourselves seem big and selfishly drawn from another persons emotional tank. The great problem is we’re looking in the wrong place for what we need. By relying on others to fill our needs we are bound to a source that can only run dry.

You see we are meant to crave for more, to feel not quite alive, not at home, not complete or comfortable here.

2 Cor 5: 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling,

* WE are meant to long for life with God for he is the only true source of life…

Gen 2 : 7the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

Jesus has a conversation with a woman who had been seeking fulfilment and life through others… Jh 4: 7 – 26 …13 Jesus said to her, Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. 15 The woman said to him, Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.

This woman was always thirsty craving more and never feeling completely satisfied. She was drawing from the empty well of relationships with others when she needed the overflowing life of a relationship with God.

Jeremiah 2: 13 for my people have committed two evils:they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.

Like the vampires she needs to return again and again to a well that would not satisfy the deep longing of her soul. Hers was the half existence of the shadows, always thirsty for more drinking and never being satisfied.

We can seek fulfilment in so many places. Ultimately none of them satisfies like God.

* Where are you looking to fill up?
* If people are draining you why not point them to the well that cannot run dry.

As caretakers, we feel drained when caring for another, and in order to take care of someone else, we need to take care of ourselves at the same time.   Jenna Morasca

I’ve learned to surround myself with women who lift me up and leave me feeling nurtured rather than drained.  Carre Otis

Emotionally : I’m done. Mentally : I’m drained. Spiritually : I feel dead. Physically : I smile. (unknown)

I've learned to surround myself with women who lift me up and leave me feeling nurtured rather than drained. Carre Otis