(This is a revised version of the post originally posted April 21, 2015)
We were camping when an unexpected cold snap caused some damage to the RV. Frozen hoses and pipes were identified and then we went to work searching the Internet to find a place that had the necessary parts. A quick call confirmed that they were open and had the needed parts. So now it was up to us to get there.
Since we were in unfamiliar territory, I pulled out the trusty RV GPS that is created specifically for the intrepid RV camper and put in the address.
We found the store, purchased the necessary supplies, and began our trek back to the campground when we came to several intersecting roads. In fact, this intersection arrived just as my husband was asking what road we needed to be watching for AND just as the GPS flashed “LOW POWER” and “POWERING OFF”. Then, it just went blank. Not even a “sorry” or “I tried” or “You have 1 more minute”. Just … well, nothing. It apparently didn’t care if we got lost!
I couldn’t believe it. In my second of need, it was “powering off.” My frustration stemmed from the fact that, unlike my husband, I get lost in a paper bag. I am the one who, in Walmart, will turn left into the main aisle thinking I am going to the checkout lane and wind up in sporting goods at the back of the store. If there are two directions to select from, I will ALWAYS pick the wrong one.
Anyway, I was the one who had insisted that we purchase this GPS, even though my husband has a virtually infallible sense of direction, simply because I do not. I wanted to have my own backup plan … assuring myself that we could find our way home if something happened to his directional instincts. So, we purchased this fancy-dancy GPS thing and now, when he actually asked me a directional question, in my truest hour of need, it is “powering off”.
Inside the car, I went into full scale fume mode, when my husband said simply “We’ll just plug it into the charger when we get back to the RV.”
How simple, yet how profound. Recharge! That’s the answer for the electronic messages that had disrupted my day.
But what about spiritually? How do we get our spiritual power? And, when we have exhausted our power, how do we recharge?
In Acts 1:8, Scripture records Jesus as promising that his disciples would “receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” so that they could be effective witnesses for Him. We understand this coming of the Holy Spirit as the day of Pentecost, and because of that day, we believe that the Holy Spirit is within us, as Jesus promised. John 14:16-17.
But the Holy Spirit’s presence with us is not the whole answer to the “recharge” question. We must avail ourselves of that power. I had chargers available at the camp site but the GPS had not been plugged in – now, it was unable to give me the information that I needed when I needed it. It had no power even though that power had been available.
Likewise, simply having the Scripture in your hand, purse, cell phone or pocket, is not availing yourself of the power which otherwise would be provided. This realization prompted me to consider how often I had ignored going to the Scripture to charge my spiritual batteries.
I had time for many other things, but, I did not have time to quell the growling hunger for my Lord by feeding on the nourishment of His Word in Holy Scripture. Daily activities took priority over quiet time with Him that would have prepared me for those encounters that He had prearranged for me to handle according to His will, not mine. Ephesians 2:10.
Did my spiritual red light flash “Powering Off” when the assignment came because my batteries had not been charged through reading His Word with contemplation and prayer and then praising Him for His excellent goodness and mercy?
Or, did I not even see the assignment that He had for me that day because my spiritual eyes and ears did not have sufficient power to even recognize the call to present Christ to those around me?
Scripture states that the Spirit and Scripture were given to us so that we would be complete and equipped for every good work that God has for us to do. 2 Peter 1:3 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
The kicker is that we must plug ourselves in to the Source of our Power. Seek the Lord and He will be found. He is waiting for you. Deuteronomy 4:29. Beloved, don’t delay – go to the source of all power and life, Jesus Christ and His Word.
Father, forgive me when I give more time and attention to worldly things and ignore the more important spiritual preparation that I should undertake. May I look to Your Word continually and seek the Holy Spirit to provide the power to live my life in constant witness of Your love, grace and mercy.