Electricity and Faith

3 Feb

Our power went out for about 15 hours on Tuesday night in an ice storm.  An electric power substation literally blew up (I saw the blue electric flash through the window).  During the night for about two hours while the wind began blowing, the temperature went UP (strange) and the ice clinging to the trees came DOWN, hitting the roof and windows like rapid fire gun shots.

In the morning we got along fine with a vented kerosene heater and candles.  It was a temporary inconvenience.

But, it brought up some question:  What if no electricity was the “new normal”?  Such as after a terrorist attack?  Our lives run on a knife’s edge.  Things can change in an instant.  Look at Egypt!  Three weeks ago was the ordinary citizen thinking about chaos and riots? Do we contemplate the possibility of some disaster happening?  Do we do any planning?

Faith is like that.  Our lives can be running along on “normal”.  We can live on “automatic pilot” so to speak.  Go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch TV, get some sleep, etc., etc.

But when the inevitable chaos comes into your life – cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s, death of a loved one, an auto accident – what is your “go to” position?  Are you prepared?  How will you survive?  Are  you emotionally close to people who can help you?

My contention is that every day life is meant to be preparation for this kind of chaos.  A regular quiet time with God, prayer, trust in Jesus’ sacrifice for salvation, service to those around you.  These are like an Olympic athlete running laps or lifting weights or practicing the bob sled run over and over.  The spiritual disciplines prepare us, make us spiritually strong and ready for whatever comes our way by God’s sovereignty.

Psalm 144:2 says:  “He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge…”

The next time ice is raining on your house, the power goes out or your best friend dies, grab His hand and use your spiritual training.  You can be ready with a little preparation!


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