Years back, before phone flashlights, I was plunged into darkness as I sat in a public restroom stall. Sort of a nightmare scenario, but at least I didn’t scream. Go ahead, throw the challenge flag,
Anyway, it wasn’t a facility outage or someone messing with me, just a poorly located and calibrated motion sensor switch. Though I’d been in the restroom less than five minutes (really!), it sensed no activity or movement and switched the power off. Easily fixed with a quick timer adjustment!
This has gotten me thinking about the physical, relational, emotional, and/or spiritual “power outages” so common this and other times of year. What if decreased activity and increased isolation trigger “motion sensors within us” to shut off power, when we actually need it most? And what if, when feeling a power deficit, the solution involves both physical activity in general and relational movement towards God and others to turn on the power?
Jesus called people to physically follow him– moving toward God in worship and prayer and moving toward others in love, compassion, and service. Though Jesus asked a lot, those who followed him into new and often challenging situations, found the power needed. Moving forward sources Jesus’ love and power within us! Let’s keep Jesus’ power flowing and light on in our lives!
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows mewill never walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12
“But you will receive power from the Holy Spiritand be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8