Just two days ago parts of the Twin Cities (where I live) were hit by severe thunderstorms. The resulting storms left trees down, roads flooded and wet basements. It also let 250,000+ homes without electricity. Many of these homes still do not have electricity. One of the homes without electricity was my sons home about 15 minutes from us. I drove over to his home and packed up food from their freezer. I was going to take the food home to my freezer until they had power again. Wouldn’t you? Lets face it If you freezer space and could help your friend in a power outage you would do it.
On my way through my son’s neighborhoods I heard the hum of generators sitting in many driveways. I also noticed the power cords running in the doors. These cords no doubt ran freezers, sump pumps and maybe a lamp or two.
The scene reminded me of just a couple of years ago when we were living in Waconia and woke up to the sound of what I believed to be lawn mowers. I soon discovered that they were generators, the neighbors had noticed the power was out. We had about 4 generators in the cul de sac with cords running everywhere. My power for my sump pump came from across the street, the power for my freezer came from next door. Everyone was sharing their power with one another. Wouldn’t you? Lets face it If you owned a generator and could help your neighbor in a power outage by running a cord across the street you would do it.
So what about the storms of life that our friends and neighbors. Storms of job loss or illness, the winds of depression or addictions, a sudden flood of unexpected expenses. What do we do when we see a coworker of friend who is without power. Someone who is trying to cope on their own. Are we willing to fire up the generator and run a power cord. Are we willing to share the Love of Christ with them and tell them about the unending power supplied to us at our weakest point.
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
We have a God who even at his weakest is stronger than any of us.
25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. 1 Corinthians 1:25 (NIV)
We are the Light of the world called to the darkness of a world without power to shine the light of Christ. This light shows them how great their need is and allows them to see Him for who he is.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14 (NIV)
16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
Lets grab a power cord and head out into the neighborhood. After all – we are not left in the dark.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)