Power Outages

I always told my husband that I would love to go on an African Safari. He would just look at me, laugh and ask me where I thought my hair dryer would plug in. I would retaliate that I really could live without my hair dryer. Then it happened…. I was getting ready for work and all I had to do was dry my hair…when….the power went off! I scrambled to figure out who had power and where I could go quickly to get my hair dry and get to work! Maybe I wouldn’t survive a trip into the wilds of Africa after all?
I have pretty quick reflexes when the power goes out in my house. How can I get my hair done? Will the meat in the freezer survive if the power is out too long? But what about when I know I have come unplugged and my connection to the power of the Holy Spirit is no longer in service? While I notice right away that my dryer won’t work, or that the lights suddenly were off, it usually takes longer for me to realize I am unplugged from the source of my strength. And when I do realize it, do I run as frantically to get plugged in? Do I grab my Bible or stop and pray? Do I long to be reconnected as much as I long to have my hair done?

Clearly, the thought for you and I today is to recognize if we are plugged in or not. If your answer is no then take the time and do what you know you need to do. Reevaluate where you think you are going without a source of power. You and I won’t get far without power. Plus, staying plugged in keeps us right where we need to be.

“Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.”
Ephesians 4:30 (MSG)


Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves in Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.

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