This morning, my husband and I were awakened by our son who came into our room announcing that "SOMEONE needed to take him to school!" He had overslept. We had overslept. Let me explain why:
1. The past few days in Southern Ohio have been hot and muggy.
2. We do not have air conditioning in the house we are renting.
3. There is only 1 outlet in our bedroom that is near our bed.
4. There are three different plugs that need to be plugged into that outlet: the alarm clock, the bedside lamp, and a fan.
5. Only two of these items can be plugged in at once.
6. Last night, the fan and the bedside lamp won the outlet face-off.
I wanted to read last night, so I unplugged the alarm clock and plugged in the lamp. Unplugging the fan was NOT AN OPTION given how hot it was. Guess what! The alarm clock does not work unless it is plugged in. My son's frantic request this morning is proof of that. Thankfully we got him to school on time (and when I say "we," I mean my husband), but the situation left me thinking...
We have a source of unlimited power in the world. His name is God the Father/God the Son/God the Holy Spirit. Those who believe, have access to His power! The only outlet for God's power, however, is His Will; His "good, pleasing and perfect will." He doesn't let us plug into Him for power in order to do things that don't go along with His perfect plan for our lives. When we find ourselves running on empty, it is likely because we are doing one of two things: trying to accomplish God's Will without accessing His power (through prayer, time in the Bible, time with other Believers, time spent in worship) - this is like my alarm clock that had access to the outlet, but remained unplugged and was thus ineffective; or trying to accomplish things that are not God's will for us (which He will not sustain) - this would be like me plugging in a lamp that had a burnt out light bulb, I could plug it in as many times as I wanted to, but it will never light the room.
When the power is available and abundant, but the outlets are limited - it is important to choose wisely what we plug in.
1 Corinthians 1:18 NASB "For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
PS - If you comment on this blog post that I need to buy a book light, you are right, but you've missed the point. (wink)
Carla Ritz. Proof positive that God uses cracked pots!