I just survived the #middayblackout2019 and I’ve had an epiphany. I think it was a sign and a wonder from God. For me. Just. For. Me. You may be skeptical, and you’re probably thinking I’m a bit “off” to think that a regional power outage could be just for me. And you may be right….but if you only knew the strange coincidences of the day leading up to the #poweroutage you might agree. I’ll admit, I run the risk of over-spiritualize these events; nonetheless they were symbolic.
The morning of Tuesday August 20 started like all the others, packing lunches, getting ready, and trying to get out the door because I’m the “Mom-School bus” to Heartland Christian School. However, my van had other plans: Dead battery. Great. Here comes my husband to the rescue (he’s very good at this). He gives me a jump and off I go. I know better than to shut off my van too early so I leave it running through the short errand I ran before my first meeting that started at 8:30. I come out of that meeting at 10:30 a.m. and guess what? My battery is dead again! My dear friends Susy and Michelle help me get a jump this time and off I go to my next meeting. On my way to the second meeting I realize my phone battery is dying, and I’ve left my charger at home. (Thank you, Holly, for the charge.) That seems like a common mistake, but I’m beginning to notice a pattern of there being a “lack of power” in my belongings.
And then it happened. The storm that wasn’t really a storm, but was only a bunch of wind, almost took out all three of our beautiful porch umbrellas. Sarah and I were almost taken away like Mary Poppins as we braved the wind to batten down the hatches. And then we had no power.
By this time I’m getting suspicious. This feels like an object lesson waiting for some glorious message hidden inside. I’m thinking, “Okay Lord, what are you trying to tell me? Dead battery times two, a dying phone, and now a REGIONAL power outage.
What’s the message I’m supposed to get from bored and irritated children and a hot house? Think, Shelly. Think.
Revelation # 1: I do NOT long for a simpler time. I am ever so grateful to live in 2019. I was created for such a time as this.
Hmmmm. That’s probably NOT the hidden message the Lord is trying to get to me. Even though it’s legit.
Think Shelly. Draining power from the van battery, draining power from the phone, and a complete power outage. I think maybe the Lord is trying to tell me that I’m lacking in power…And that maybe I’m not tapping into the Lord’s power to renew my strength?
I think that’s true. I have I been very DRY!!!
In fact, (vulnerability moment) I’ve been so dry that the spiritual battle I am fighting has very much discouraged me. It’s been ugly. And lonely. And terrible. I’ve had trouble experiencing the presence of God. I want to, I long to, but I’m in such a weird place. It feels like I have unplugged from my power source. How can that even be? I am a born-again believer! How is it that I could go through such a dark season? Lord, what are you trying to get to me?
OOOOHHHHH YEEEAAAAHHHH! Pastor Tom has been preaching these amazing messages about the power of the Holy Spirit and how important it is to be FILLED every day. He taught that in order to get back to the authenticity of the church in the book of Acts, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit daily, and devote ourselves to the four essentials: the apostles teaching, breaking of bread, the fellowship, and prayer.
It starts with being filled. FILLED. FILLED.
Luke 11:9-13 Jesus says this: So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
Woah! That’s a lot of good stuff right there. I’m starting to see what he’s trying to show me.
Revelation #2: My Father in heaven has a heart that is towards me. He knows what good gifts I need and he willingly and freely gives me the Holy Spirit, which manifests the power and love of Jesus on my behalf.
Revelation #3: I have to ask. And seek. And knock. I must posture my heart in a way that is dependent on Him (not carry a heart of independence and self-protection).
Could it really be that simple? I think it is.
I want to publicly apologize if the great Power Outage of 2019 caused you any grief. I, however, am so grateful for the grand gesture from the Lord to “Romans 8:28” this situation for me.
It’s so simple: Ask. Be filled.
Next Generation Pastor