The other day I was noting how many cords I have plugged into my surge protector. It looks like I’m wired to keep up with the world, yet that mass of plugs is really all going into one channel, one wall socket. It’s the place where I hope to stay plugged in so I can keep communicating with those around me and do the work I do. Oh sure, my computer may be wireless, but it’s still getting its energy from the router plugged into that wall.
What about you? What are you plugged into so that you can get the energy you need to do the work before you? How many ways are you protected from a sudden jolt that takes out all your circuits at once?
I love the quote that says, “People are divided into three groups: Those who make things happen, Those who watch things happen, and Those who wonder what’s happening?” On any given day, I’m sure that I’m one of those people. I’m sure that I’m not always plugged in to the things that I should be or to the work that is really mine to do. Other days, I’m running on full power and nothing can stop me, or so it seems until I simply run out of juice to keep going. So in my strongest state or my weakest state, I still need to stay plugged in, I still need a surge of power. Of course, I can’t really count the times I’ve stood around and asked God, “What happening now?”
The apostle Paul tried to shed light on this issue when he talked about the “thorn” in his side. He asked the Lord to take it away at least three times. God’s response to the request was this: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
There’s a strange thought. Does it really mean that God doesn’t want me to go around all the time at full speed, in full power, carving out a path like Wiley Cayote? If I’m running as far and as fast as I can on my own steam, do I forget where that steam came from? Hmmm…! That could be the very place where I get off the track.
Sometimes I strive to make things happen and I do and it feels good. I thank God with just a little pride that I accomplished something. Sometimes I sit back and watch the world go by and feel uncertain as to what my role really is and how I can be of any benefit to those around me. That particular question will usuallly drive me to my knees. Then there are times when I feel caught off guard, totally surprised, unplugged, wondering what is happening. All my senses are on a roller coaster at Universal and I’m just left yelling at the top of my lungs.
That’s when it’s time to plug back in. That’s when I need to find my Surge Protector, the One who supplies all my need and the One who offers me strength when I’m weak. As we walk into another week, let’s take all that leaves us dangling and wondering and plug into the real Source of strength. Let’s believe that nothing can happen to us that we won’t take on together with His love.
So, plug in, stand firm, and know that your shaky knees aren’t in charge of anything. The One who sees you on your knees has everything in control. He’s willing to share the power of His love and His strength no matter how weary you are. That’s a promise!