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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Power Source

When I was in high school (Hoggard) I called Dad from the payphone on the forum, about once a week, to get him to check me out. I had a car so he would call the office and tell them to let me check out. Dad had one rule - don't let my Mom know - she was a teacher! One morning my friend, Susie, and I were really tired and sleepy from a fun weekend. It did not help that Algebra was after lunch and it was cold and rainy! We went to my house and ate and took naps! The alarm went off so I could take my friend home before Mom arrived. My car would not start because I had left the lights on. Another call to Dad and he and a coworker hurried home to jump my car. Everything worked out and Mom didn't find out - until I got jumper cables from Dad's coworker for graduation!

Just like my car, sometimes life's challenges can drain us of our power and drive. God wants us to know that He is still working.  In 1 Kings 19, Elijah was on the run from Jezebel after defeating 850 prophets of Baal.  Even though this was a great victory for Elijah he became fearful when Jezebel sent him a note about what she would do to him.  She didn’t come to him face to face, she sent words.  He began focusing on the note and not on God, getting sidetracked and then becoming fearful. Sound familiar?

Elijah, so physically and emotionally drained came to rest under a tree and prayed to God that he had had enough. Sound familiar? 1 Kings 19: 4, "'I have had enough, LORD,' he said. 'Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.'" When he fell asleep, he was visited by the Ange.l of the Lord.  Elijah was given bread and water and told to eat because the journey ahead of him was great.  That spoke volumes to me. 1 Kings 19: 8, "So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights..." Like Elijah we need to stay connected to our power source!

We always connect our phones to a power source before the battery gets too low! We should do the same with our spiritual life. As children of God, we need to be recharged by our power source. Before our feelings and emotions begin to spiral out of control it is time to spend time in the presence of God. The source of your power and strength is God. Reconnect with Him and be strengthened.

"With the power of God within us, we need never fear the powers around us."


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