“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” (Psalm 119:114)
I had my day planned. I packed what I needed in the car, ready to set off, only to discover that the battery in my car was flat. A call to the service organization, sent a man to confirm that he could start it, but I really needed a new one. Eventually it was replaced and my plans for that day, were somewhat upset by this inconvenience.
As God often does, He tied this to something my physiotherapist had said to me recently.
We’d been discussing how I didn’t seem able to shake off the increased pain and lethargy that I’d been feeling. He explained that the additional stress I’d been experiencing had taken it’s toll and depleted my energy levels and my ability to cope.
He said that having a flat battery–a good illustration of how I was feeling–was not fixed by just charging it a bit at a time and hoping that would get me going again. It needed to be allowed to fully charge, or at least have prolonged charge, in order to keep going again.
Living with chronic illness, it can often feel like we have a flat battery. Things we may have done easily before, are no longer possible; we can’t keep going for as long as we used to; or maybe we are barely “going” at all.
How do we recharge our batteries, not just in terms of energy, but our faith batteries as well? What will give us the purpose and motivation to keep going during this new year?
In 2 Corinthians 12:9, it talks about God’s power being made perfect in weakness. Most of us could probably fit into the category of “weak” at least in some physical, or emotional way. But it also says that God’s power works in that weakness to make it something else. I think that’s a great reminder that when we feel our batteries are low, we need to go to the source of that power.
The above verse from Psalms, says we should be–hoping in the promises of God’s word. In The Message, it says “You are my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your word to renew me.” In my rest, I want to intentionally look to spend more time in God’s word, that my spiritual batteries at least, may be fully charged to face this new year.
Prayer: Father God, help me to remember to turn to You when I need my battery recharged. Thank You that You are the source of all power and Your words will renew me. Amen.
About the Author
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He is teaching her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel if she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.
There’s a song performed by Steve Green, Be At Rest (Somewhere Between Album) that I find helpful to calm my mind as I just let the words wash over me. Are you in a time where you feel your battery needs recharging? What sort of things do you do to get that recharge?
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