Power Source

After creeping home through blinding whiteness in the middle of a Colorado spring snowstorm a few weeks ago, I pulled up to my house and pressed the garage door opener to no avail. Press again. What’s up? I left the car running in the driveway and dashed to the front door (thank God I had a door key in my purse since I always come and go through the garage), and discovered darkness and quiet blanketed the house. No power. No way to open the garage door (don’t go there about the red cord to pull and manual operations). So I turned off the car and deserted it in the driveway as the snow came down fast and furious.

Inside, I dug out the candles and an old gas lantern and lit them all to provide light in the dimming room. Ken was out of town, so I was alone. The entire neighborhood was out. Deserted. Without power. Getting cold. Powerless.

Following 2 hours of silence (that seemed like forever) and fleeting thoughts of staying home alone throughout the night void of power, the lights flickered back on and I exhaled a breath of relief that I would not have to face the dark cold night powerless.

I went to retrieve my car that was now buried in a foot of snow. My luxury sedan could not be coaxed up the small incline due to the frozen slippery tundra blanketing the driveway. Neighbors came and pushed me and my car up and into my garage to settle in for the night.

I was redeemed, saved from the cold. While this is no comparison to life and death disparities, it reminded me of what we depend on as our source of power. When the lights go off, there is nothing you can do to force the electricity to come back on. The utility company holds the key. The power is available at the power station, but I am powerless to flip the switch.

Paul testified to his friends in II Corinthians that regardless of how bad things look, even in the face of death, Christ will deliver us through all despair. II Corinthians 1:8b-10 – “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us.”

I cannot simply flip the switch to receive God’s miracles. God is in control. He is all powerful and the true source of all light. Thank God for turning off my lights to remind me who controls the switch.

Dear God, When I am powerless and darkness seems to be closing in all around me, remind me that you are the true light and source of life. The wait is never easy. When darkness surrounds me, let the lights flicker to remind me there is always hope for restoration. Drive me closer to the power station to read the instructions of your Word. Grab my hand to walk with me through the dark times. I will not fear so long as you are by my side. Thank you for being my sole power source. Amen.


Carole Schumacher

1 comment (Add your own)

1. reagan wrote:
Dear brothers
Please come and do arevival meeting here in our church in kenya.

Sun, December 9, 2012 @ 1:12 AM

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