There is power, wonderworking power…(19/12/15)
There is power, power, wonderworking power, in our house, in Pretoria!
At the risk of some slapping me with a sacrilege charge, I use a phrase of an old hymn, to describe the joy of electrical power being restored to our South African home.
This time the power outage could not be blamed on the infamous regularity of load shedding (see my blog “Load Shedding” (12/1/14). A problem, unknown to us, caused the area we live in to be without power for over thirty hours from Saturday to Sunday night.
Thirty hours with no power reminds one of the things that are taken for granted in life. You turn on a light switch in a darkened room, and to your surprise, the room remains dark. You go to use your phone and discover that your smartphone is suddenly a useless phone void of charge. You go to your fridge to get something to eat and realize that the longer you keep the door open, the sooner you will lose your food. Or, you wake up in the night only to discover that things that shouldn’t be on, are on, once power is restored. I will leave it to your imagination as to what those things could be?
A powerless thirty hours gives one the chance to appreciate the conveniences of this modern age. What did people do before the invention of electricity? They survived! Think of the one who stared at a waterfall, and with his finite human mind, thought of a way to turn it into electrical power. A finite mind created by an infinite God! Just a reminder that I had over thirty hours to think about these things. Thankfully the power came back. Dear knows what I would have thought of next.
Next time you lose power in your home, take at least a moment to think of the things you take for granted. Think of ways you can use your powerless situation to help someone else. At the twenty-four hour mark of our power outage, MJ and I took some meat that was just beginning to thaw, and gave it to a family that does not have much in the way of material goods. On the way home, I was struck with this thought. What if this week, that family did not have a lot of money to buy food. Maybe they were praying and asking God to provide? Our power outage became their provision! That is God’s wonderworking power!!!
Until next time…