Spiritual Power Outage
2020 was been a little crazy, am I right? Amidst the chaos of Covid-19, social distancing and self-isolation, a strong storm came through our city and knocked out the power to over 100,000 homes in Nashville. Ours was one of those homes.
I like to think of myself as pretty resilient, and because all power was lost about bedtime, I wasn’t too upset. I just hoped it would come back on over night.
The next morning I woke up to utter silence. My ceiling fan was completely still, without its glorious gift of a slight breeze blowing on my face. The power had not come back.
Foolishly, I went ahead and got up to tackle the many tasks I had planned for the day. I went to the kitchen to fetch my morning fuel only to remember I had no way of making coffee. All I had was a Keurig and K-cups, both rather useless without any power. I grabbed a warm bottle of water from the pantry instead.
I gathered some laundry senselessly believing I could wash some clothes then quickly remembered the washing machine is less than dependable without power.
I thought of the many things I had planned to do that day like vacuuming, baking my sour cream pound cake, and catching up on Netflix and quickly realized I could accomplish none of those without power.
Frustrated, I fell into my recliner and decided to scroll through Facebook like most of us do when we’re bored and I noticed my phone battery was at 10%. It didn’t charge over night because, well you already know... there was no power.
Although it was for selfish reasons, and because I had nothing else to do, I began to pray that God would allow our power to come back on and I believe it was then that the Holy Spirit reminded me how often I seem to take power for granted.
When my alarm clock wakes me up, I push aside my electric blanket on my electric Sleep Number bed, go into my bathroom and turn on the light. I brush my teeth with an electric toothbrush. I turn on my electric coffee pot and electric stove to make breakfast. I turn on the TV to catch the morning news. Whenever I flip a switch, electricity is always there. But this morning in particular, it wasn’t.
I don’t believe I’m alone in saying I don’t like to live without electrical power. It’s frustrating. But what about spiritual power?
Had I been so distracted by the chaos over the past few months that I took for granted the power of God? Had I let fear grip me in such a way that I lost hope? Had I forgotten the many times God has proven His faithfulness to me? Had I really taken Him for granted? Had my life lost spiritual power?
How quickly we can take for granted the power of God in our lives. We can wake up one morning and feel like it’s gone!
It can be sin, neglect or even fear that causes us to lose the connection we once had with our Heavenly Father. I don’t want to live a single day living through a “spiritual power outage.”
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.”
Psalms 51:10-12 NKJV