Early one Sunday morning I woke up feeling jovial and grateful for another day. I began preparing breakfast for my family and sat down for some quiet time with God. Or should I say “not so quiet time”. Roars of thunder and flashes of lighting were having their way outdoors. The rains poured heavily from the dark skies. After my time of devotion, I dressed for church and headed out.
As I began driving I noticed that almost my entire side of town was out of power. The street lights, restaurants, gas stations, stores, homes etc..were without power. Drivers certainly had to raise their awareness of one another on the road. Yielding the right of way to prevent any traffic accidents. The streets were dark with very little to no action.
I’m sure most of us have experienced a power outage due to a storm or other contributing factors. It can be an uneasy feeling. It causes one to have limited or no access to certain needs. It’s almost handicapping in a sense. Without working lights you have to improvise to see, which isn’t easy. Depending on what season of the year it is, you have to find comfort the best way you know how to stay either warm or cool. I could go on and on. The reality is you lack functionality without power!
As I walked into the doors of my church and joined the congregation in worship, I began thanking the Lord for HIS goodness and His pursuit of me when I was once without power spiritually. The power outage in my city took me back to that dark place when I was weak and without HIS power. I was once bound in my sins and had very limited access and courage to tap into my true self. The me God created me to be. I was disconnected from my power source, God Himself! I had no life in me. Picture a lamp unplugged. No power, no light, not fulfilling its purpose. That was me! I “pretended” to have a form of godliness, but denied the power thereof. (2 Timothy 3:5). I had a desire to come alive spiritually, but I had doubts and fears that I couldn’t live up to it. I was afraid of letting go of my love for the world and what was comfortable for me. Afraid of change that was foreign. BUT GOD!
Full speed ahead. For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) I am spiritually alive and connected to my power source! The lights are ON! NO longer fighting to feel my way around in darkness. Hallelujah! I repented from that life and surrendered to God and received the POWER of the holy ghost that came upon me. (Acts 1:8) God raised the Lord and has also raised me up by HIS POWER. (1 Corinthians 6:14).
It wasn’t easy but it was worth it! I had to deny my way and learn to trust following HIS way. Not by my works, but because of HIS grace and mercy my life is now LIT! Turned up IN HIM. Though at times my light may grow a bit dim, HE boosts my energies through my convictions and repentance. Immediately recharging me by HIS power. As long as I stay connected, no power outage! That old life I once clung on to, has NOTHING on this life I now live in HIM. The best life! Jesus.