I just spent the past two days with no power. Someone literally stole the electric meter that feeds the joyful juice that keeps my phone ringing, my oven browning the cookies, and my shower water from being just a bit too cold. It’s amazing how dependent we are on that little box. I have to admit that it is a device I totally took for granted. Now that I was unable to write for a couple days and keep life moving in the direction I like it to go, I’m much more aware that I need to appreciate the wonders of electricity and the form it comes in to take care of me.
Of course, this loss meant I went off for the day and sponged electric outlets from my various friends and neighbors, but last night as I lay in my bed reading a book with a flashlight because it was entirely too early to really go to sleep, I couldn’t help reflecting (well, okay, maybe not since there was no light in the room), but you know, thinking with great awareness, of all the things I take for granted.
For example, I’ve noticed that few of us, myself included seem to go anywhere without a cell phone. A few minutes at the market, a quick drive to the dry cleaners, a moment over lunch and that small, but effective communicator comes into play. Can you even remember what you used to do when you had to find a phone booth? Talk about a powerful influence!
So, what happens when life renders you “powerless” for a little while? What choices can you make until the “power” comes back? One thought I have is that we need to make friends with silence. We need to find a way to be comfortable when the lights are out and no one can talk to us. We need to breathe in the moment and let everything stop. Maybe it’s the first time in a long time when you can put the noise of the world aside and hear that one small voice that is always trying to get through to you. Maybe it’s your chance to turn up the voltage on the real power, the One who created every form of power known to humankind and the One who still speaks without the aid of electricity or cell phones.
The best part of that voice is that you can actually never get disconnected. God never puts you on hold, never says I’ve got more important matters to attend to than you, never says you’re interrupting, can you call back later? His line is always open. That’s power! That’s even amazing.
Today, as you enjoy your toasted bagel or that second cup of coffee, thank God for those convenient things that make life a bit easier to bear, and then pick up your prayer cell phone and give Him a call. He’s sure to answer because you are important.
Echoing the voice of the writer of Ephesians, I say let’s give God the praise for all we have. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen!”
After the cell phones have all evolved into mental telepathy or small chips on my earrings…He’ll still be there…the first Source of all natural power! I don’t think anyone can steal Him away from me and I’m so grateful for that.