The Power Cut
Last week, I woke up and started getting ready for work. I was in the middle of washing my hair when everything went black. No, I hadn’t fainted or passed out. There was a power cut! So I wrapped my freezing hair in a towel, and yes it was freezing as the hot water had cut out too, and I had no other choice but to pack my hairdryer and straighteners and take them up to church with me to sort my hair out before I started work.
“Annoying.” I thought. But I didn’t need to worry as I was sure the power would be back on by the time I got home from youth that night.
Youth finished and Connor drove me home and he went to the gym. My neighbour greeted me to tell me that the power was still not on and wouldn’t be on until midnight!
I went inside and instinctively turned on the light switch. Nothing. By this point it was 9pm and it was pitch black outside. I couldn’t see a thing! I took out my phone to turn on my torch, but by this point in the day my phone was at 12% battery. So I fumbled around for my charger and naturally plugged in my phone. Then again, I realised... no power. Then I got frustrated because it was the ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’ semi final, and I couldn’t watch that either because...well...no power.
I lit a candle and sat down on my bed. I had no idea what to do with myself! I’d never lived in a world where there was no power! I couldn’t watch TV, I couldn’t go on my phone because I couldn’t charge it and needed to save the little battery I had left. I couldn’t go on my iPad and Zoom my mum because I had no WiFi, I couldn’t go and cook myself a snack in my electric cooker or my microwave. I couldn’t even go for a shower and wash the suds out of my hair that were still there from this morning because there was no hot water. I was at a complete loss with what to do with myself.
But it was in that moment of complete stillness and darkness that God gave me the words to write for this blog. He reminded me of all the stuff I have. The TV, the computer, the phone, the internet, the fridge, the heating... and so on. Yet, all these things are absolutely useless unless we have a power source. What would be the point in owning all of those things I just mentioned... or having anything electrical, if we never had a power source to power those things.
In life, we may strive to be successful. To have the best car, a lovely house, to get promoted, to have money... and hear me out, none of those things are bad. They only become bad when we put them above God. But what’s the point in having any of these things in our lives if we don’t have God as our source of power. A new car might make you happy for a while, but it won’t bring you joy. A beautiful house may be nice to live in, but it won’t give you life to the full. A promotion at work may be a pretty great thing to happen to you, but it doesn’t give you the love that you crave.
Jesus is our joy. (Psalm 4:7)
Jesus give us life. (John 10:28)
Jesus lavishes us with love. (John 3:16)
Jesus is my power source. My aim is for everything I do to be powered by Him. I want every word I say to be from Him, I want every move I make to be from Him, I want every thing I do to be from Him.
What’s the point of anything without Jesus? So maybe this week, have a think about what life should look like with Jesus as your power source.