March 15, 2019
I confess; sometimes I enjoy multi-tasking. A few weeks back, I hoped to catch some sun rays, so with my wireless keyboard in hand, I settled on a lounge chair by the pool. My fingers dance on that keyboard. Oh, what a life!
There was no warning.
But, without warning and while at the height of creativity, it happened! As ideas and thoughts for my novel flooded my brain faster than my fingers could turn them into words, the keystrokes became sluggish. Then they slowed down even more until finally there was nothing. The batteries died and so did the keyboard.
I shot to my feet. Dashed through the house pulling out drawers looking for fresh batteries. But found none the size I needed.
I was stuck. And that enjoyment of having a wireless keyboard ended. I had freedom to move around but could accomplished nothing.
That yucky place was familiar.
Years back, I had relished in the freedom of doing my own thing, following my own whims, moving around according to my own pace. Attached to nothing, independence was mine.
Until adversity struck. Without warning a retinal disease robbed my sight.
Although I believed in God, there was no heart-to heart connection with Him. It was a pitiful spiritual wireless state. On my own, I accomplished nothing. No comfort. No strength. No victory.
Who or what is your source of victory?
That’s because victory doesn’t come when we’re not plugged to the Source who provides all. When there’s no relief from pain, there’s a disconnection. When we can’t handle life’s ugly moments, we’re not linked to God’s source to ease the heartache.
Conversely, when connected to God, He calms the storms, rebukes attacks, ushers in freedom, eases the heartache and brings on victory.
Is that what He meant when He said: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory…(John 15:5-8)
Father, remove any desire to do life on my own. Grant me the wisdom to seek a more intimate connection with you. Make me strong enough to resist distractions that separate me from You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
What or who are you connected to these days?
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