Good morning. 😄
How are you feeling today? How was your week?
Mine was a roller coaster! South Australia was in a one week lockdown. So, my family of 7 were stuck home. Comfortable in our first world situations, which I’m grateful for. We had food and homeschooling via the internet from my girls school.
Although I should not complain- I gotta say: “I was desperate to escape my house!” I wanted to go for a drive with the kids. Go for a walk, but the weather wasn’t great. In a normal day, I like the opportunity to get out of the house.
Anyway, thankfully our 7 day lockdown is over. I know many states have it worse.
My message this morning formed in my heart one day during the lockdown. Unexpectedly, our electricity failed. For about 4-5 hours.
Without power on, suddenly my world became challenging. Nothing worked! Everything was hard. Stressful! We had no way to cook food, and no way to boil the kettle. Suddenly, making baby Henry a warm bottle was impossible. A cold bottle was possible- yes. But Mr. Henry would have to be greatly hungry to accept a cold bottle. (Again- first world problems😶😅)
I looked at everything in my home differently without electricty available. The lights were useless. The heated off. The microwave had no hope. hehe 😄😣 No kettle also meant no coffee.
Then my eyes rested on both my Thermomixers. They are quite expensive..and helpful for a large family. However, in situations without the power on: they are absolutley worthless. They are nothing without electricty. A world without power available would make them worthy of the bin. They only function with electricity. On their own- they are nothing.
It was somewhere in the chaos of the power failure that I started thinking about God.
How much power would my life loose without Jesus? What value would the things that make up my world be, if Jesus wasn’t part of my daily life?
I guess….like the electricty, at times we may forget that it is Jesus who makes our lives work. It is God who gives me the very breath in my lungs! Without Him, my life is a shell. My heart is empty, my hope is gone.
I’m not saying this as merely lip service, or as false humility.
Here’s a sobering thought:
Imagine if God was out of the picture. For a brief moment, think about the absence of God from your heart and life. I’m not even meaning the times that we choose to distance ourselves from Him…or feel distance from Him. I’m talking eternal separation.
It would literally feel like Hell, except on Earth. I cannot fathom God not being there. Once you have experienced God in your life, you cannot do life without Him.
This may be a little lame of analogy- but God is the electricty or power of my life. In my human nature, at times I may take Jesus for granted. Forget that the Holy Spirit is my helper. Forget how much grace He provides in my daily life. God gives me courage. It is the fruit of HIS Spirit that gives me love, joy, peace patience, kindness…faithfulness….etc
My power failure experience was a subtle reminder of how much my household relies on electricity. Without it, I have no heat and no way to cook. Even the water from our taps stopped flowing, because it uses a pump to get the water from the tank to the sink. Who knew?
Without God in my life, everything would stop. I am nothing without Him. My life would go back into “the dark ages”- empty and primitive…
“Lord please forgive me when I take the gift of your salvation for granted. Help me to praise you everyday for the joy and life you have given me. Thank you that even on my darkest day- it is filled with more hope and light than the best day of my life before you.”
My prayer for you today is that you are filled with joy. Joy in the incredible, unfathomable gift of God in your life. I pray that you will take a moment to acknowledge how great God is. Without Him we can do nothing. He is our hope. Our peace…our everything!
I pray that if you are struggling with hopelessness, that He will become your hope. I pray that if you are lonely, God will be your Father. He will be your husband. Your brother. Your closest friend. The Lord of your life. He is the Father to the fatherless. Husband to the husbandless. He is all that we need. Cry out to Him. He is there. He is here.
When all is dark around us, He is our light. Our ever present help in times of need. Our Prince of Peace.
You get it 😀 God is everything.
Hallelujah! God is good.
Love always Kelly xx