Load Shedding – 12/1/14
The term “load shedding” is an all too familiar saying in Africa. We were first introduced to the term in Zambia. When the mines needed more power to operate, the local power company would shed power from other areas of the country in order to meet the demand.
Well, load shedding is becoming an all too common term here in South Africa. The major electric power company has announced that they are now depending upon their reserves due to a lack of diesel and coal. Poor planning, starting ten years ago, has now led to regularly scheduled load shedding across the country.
Last week, our power went out at 7:30 in the morning. We waited for it to come on all day. At one point, I even went outside to check if the switch on the main power box that feeds our home had tripped. As dusk turned to darkness, and the candles began to dimly illuminate our home, I looked around to see if our neighbours were also in darkness. There were limited lights on, in some homes, which made me envy what I presumed to be their backup generator or battery systems.
MJ and I sat on our patio discussing our view of where the country of South Africa was heading. Was it fast becoming like some other African countries, who live with shortages of all kinds on a regular basis? We talked about the horror of corruption and how quickly a country can slip into decline. We even talked about the need to purchase a back up battery system for our home. During our conversation, I observed that the street lights were lit and once again figured they were on a separate power source, in spite of the fact that even in Canada street lights go out during a power failure.
Well, as you may be starting to get ahead of me in the story, I suddenly thought about going to the breaker box located in the eating area of our home. You guessed it, the main switch had tripped, and we never thought of checking it earlier in the day. The next day, our neighbour informed us that the power the day before had only been out a couple of hours.
Why do I risk telling a story that has the potential of making me look a little foolish? Once MJ and I learned the valuable lesson of always checking the main breaker box, we laughed and learned as we reminisced on our conversations.
How easy it is to presume all kinds of thoughts when you are faced with an inconvenience. How silly life can be when we live our day powerless and fail to check in with the main Source of power – God Himself.
There is an electrical power problem in South Africa. Poor planning will quickly use up our reserve power. Failure to plan ahead will eventually catch up to us.
Today’s blog is a reminder to shed the load of presumption, fear, apathy and slothfulness that causes us to loose connection with the Source – the power of God!
Don’t live off of your reserves, check in with the “Main Box” on a daily basis and make sure your God switch is always on!!
Until the next power outage…