If you did not read yesterday’s post, go back and read it so you are up to date on the first part of this story.
Moving right along, as I drove to my appointment I called Rob and informed him of the odd occurrence. He did not seem concerned or amazed. I think he thought I was being…ignorant, but in the best possible way, I’m sure.
I went to the appointment and shared my “marvelous” morning with them there. Again, no impression was made. I couldn’t understand. So, once I tried to stop imagine my house burning down due to some bizarre short in the wiring and decided I would just give God credit for winning that battle that morning, all was well. By the time I returned home, everything was back on and running.
Then Saturday came.
David was getting ready for his second prom in two weeks. At 4:30 pm the power went out. Rob was trying to do some things on the computer and the backup battery began screaming at him that the power was out. That got his attention. I calmly got up from where I was, passed the light that was on in the kitchen , went to my bathroom, plugged in and turned on the hairdryer and ta-da! It worked.
None of the kitchen appliances worked. The washer and dryer ceased their work even though the laundry room light was on, the air conditioner stopped…you get my drift. Only a few things worked. This seemed to concern Rob greatly. He called the power company. We waited for them to show up. Sometime around 8:00 I realized we had not had supper so I cooked spaghetti for the two of us. How? Well, the sauce I had made and frozen a month ago. You have to know also, that I have a gas cook top. I was able to cook the noodles and sauce. I even made “toast” by putting sandwich bread in a skillet with a bit of olive oil and Italian seasoning. It was rather good, if I do say so myself. That backup power source came in handy. Too bad it couldn’t run the microwave, the oven, the washer/dryer, or the air conditioner among some other things.
Long story shortened now…
The power company came five hours later only to realize what they needed was not on their truck. They promised to come right back. They did not. We went to bed. At 1:30 AM Sunday, they showed back up, banging on the front door to awaken us and hooked our main power box up to some kind of contraption that miraculously restored our power temporarily. However, we noted that anytime I washed clothes the next day the lights would dim. When the air ran, we had a brown out.
They came back Monday and after digging a huge hole to the line at the street, they corrected the problem.
The bottom line on all this was that the half the power coming into our house quit due to a faulty line.
I have no idea how they were able to hook up that contraption. Nor do I understand how we received any power from it. But, we did. For that I am grateful. As I look at the power boxes in that picture they look a little turquoise blue-like. Trust me, they are gray. I wonder if it was nuclear radiation coming out of that box….
Well, somehow there is a message in this that I have found applicable to my own life.
Sometimes, the main power source coming into my life in the form of spiritual power gets depleted. There is no longer enough “juice” to keep the big responsibilities and callings going. At that point, I’m running on half the power so I just coast through the small things and experience a bit of brown out even then. In those times, it’s necessary to draw aside and focus on the main line coming in and restore it so that I can continue to do what God has asked of me. Restoring it involves a bit of resting and drawing aside to focus on the main thing, God. As a result of drawing aside to be with Him my power gets turned back on to full capacity and I am able to keep going. If I don’t take time to be alone with God, I may search for power from another source that is a temporary fix but not a long-term solution. What would that be? Well, it could be relying on what someone else has spoken in a sermon or reading a book about God or one of His attributes, it could be turning to man but not to God. Just like the gas ran the cook top but wouldn’t run the microwave, so it is with finding a surrogate source of power. It just doesn’t work for every area in the long run.
What about you? Is your energy of spirit depleted and you have nothing left to do even the simple things? Then, perhaps you need to rest and be restored by spending some time with God, your ultimate source of power. After all, Jesus drew aside time to be with God. If He did it, then certainly that is necessary for us as well.
And so, to Him belongs all the power! He has the power necessary to restore your soul. Rest in that.
To give you a bit of Scriptural reminder on this look at these:
Psalm 51:2 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.
Mark 1:35 In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.
Psalm 68:35 O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God!
Rev. 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.